Drug may have caused mother's death, coronial inquest hears

The inquest into the death of Morpeth mother Helen Grainger has resumed before deputy state coroner Scott Mitchell.

Mrs Grainger died in April 2007 after she was advised to terminate the pregnancy of her second child due to health complications.

Mrs Grainger underwent the termination at Lambton Road Day Surgery at Broadmeadow on April 26, 2007.

The 15-minute procedure appeared to go according to plan until Mrs Grainger was administered a drug.

Mrs Grainger appeared to be drowsy and short of breath before a rash broke out across her body, Belmont Coroners Court heard today.

She suffered a hypoxic brain injury and went into cardiac arrest before being taken to John Hunter Hospital where she died three days later.

The inquest continues this afternoon and will continue tomorrow.

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