A psychiatric patient who died last year while under the care of a mental health unit did so of natural causes, an inquest has ruled.
Julia Annette Calver, 50, of Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, died on November 26, last year, while in the Ipswich Hospital’s Woodlands Unit.
An inquest on Wednesday, at Ip-City Centre, in Ipswich, heard that Miss Calver, formerly Mrs Roffe, had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 22 years earlier.
Deputy coroner Kevin McCarthy said: “Prior to death, she was a vibrant, bubbly person who had been married and had a career. But this most debilitating of disorders had taken its toll over the years, leading to admissions to hospital, recovery and relapse.”
Dr Bamini Sivarajah told the inquest she had found nothing during a post-mortem examination to suggest an unnatural death.
She said a combination of factors, including Miss Calver’s history of hypertension, taking anti-psychotic medication and a small scar she found on her heart muscle, could have put a stress on Miss calver’s heart and caused an abnormal cardiac rhythm.
Mr McCarthy delivered a verdict of death by natural causes, of cardiac arrhythmia.
Miss Calver’s mother and father, Maxine and David Calver, and her two younger sisters, Amanda Watson and Janette Richards, were at the inquest.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Calver, from Bury, said: “We’re very pleased with the verdict because we were obviously left in limbo, not knowing what it was, and we can move on now I think.”
He praised his daughter’s determination in life.
In a tribute to her sister, Mrs Richards, from Mildenhall, said: “She had a wonderful sense of humour.”
Mrs Watson, from Thurston, said: “She was a lovely girl, a lovely sister and a lovely daughter who was struck by a terrible illness, and so were the rest of the family - we all suffered.”
“She did have a wicked sense of humour,” she added.