Friday, 19 July, 2019

FATAL FINISH: Ex-jockey dies when metal straw pierces brain

Elena Struthers-Gardner right and her civil partner Mandy left Dorset woman died when she fell onto an eco-friendly metal straw
Steven Clarke | 13 July, 2019, 19:47

A 60-year-old woman is dead after she tripped while carrying a mason jar drinking glass and a metal straw stabbed through her eye.

The 10-inch straw had gone through Elena's left eye socket, reaching her brain stem until the back of her skull, as per report.

A woman impaled herself on an eco metal straw, in a freak accident that caused severe brain damage and eventual death, a coronial inquest heard this week.

Ms Struthers-Gardner's wife, Mandy, said: "I did not hear her fall".

In a statement read by the corner, Mandy said: "I went to the kitchen door and could see Lena lying on her front at the doorway between the den and the kitchen". She was making unusual sounds.

"Her glass cup was lying on the floor still intact and the straw was still in the jar", Mandy told the inquest. "I miss her very much, she was taken far too early".

She described how her wife appeared to stop breathing while she was ringing for medical assistance.

She also talked about the metal straws, she added, "These things [metal straws] are so long and very strong".

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Struthers-Gardner was rushed to a hospital in Southampton, in the south of England, but succumbed to the injury the next day. As per an NPR report in July 2018, those with mobility challenges find it more convenient to drink from plastic straws since they bend, and washing reusable straws is a hard task for PWD.

Eco-friendly straws have become increasingly popular in recent years as people shun single-use plastic straws to fight against plastic pollution, but use of metal straws come with potential risks.

It was unclear what caused the fall; officials said a urine sample showed no traces of alcohol, The Telegraph reported.

The metal straw movement looks to cut down on the number of plastic straws that end up in the ocean, where they pose a danger to animals like sea turtles.

Metal drinking straws have started popping up in stores and restaurants around the world following reports that single-use plastic straws are not only incapable of being recycled due to their small size, but are also especially perilous to sea animals.

"There is no give in them at all", Allen told the court, according to The Independent.

Assistant corner Allen recorded a conclusion of accidental death - but said there is "insufficient evidence" as to how she fell. Her family eventually chose to take her off life support. "I hope this never happens to anyone else", she said.

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