Nottingham

Ectasy death woman was left unmonitored, inquest hears

A young mother who had taken ecstasy died after being left unmonitored during a brain scan at a hospital, an inquest has heard.

Louise McKenzie, 28, had taken one-and-a-half ecstasy tablets while on a night out in Nottingham in August 2007.

She was taken to King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield after being sick and developing a severe headache.

The inquest heard the mother-of-four stopped breathing during a brain scan and died the next day.

'Night out'

Dr Nigel Chapman, coroner for Nottinghamshire, heard Mrs McKenzie was left in the scanner room on her own for several minutes.

The family's solicitor Paul Balen said medical records showed it took 11 minutes from the scan taking place to when the crash cart arrived to resuscitate her.

She was put on a life support machine, transferred to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham and pronounced dead the following day.

Mrs McKenzie, who was originally from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, was living with her husband and children in Gwent in Wales.

She had returned home for a night out in Nottingham with friends and ended the evening at Love Shack in Rock City on Talbot Street.

The inquest continues.

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