By Oisin Sweeney • 12 December 2020 • 9:03
A STAFFORDSHIRE great-grandad has died of lung problems after falling seriously ill on a post-lockdown holiday to Portugal with his wife.
David Griffiths, a 70-year old retired metal worker from Harriseashead, found himself unable to breathe after walking just a short distance while holidaying in Faro with his wife. The next day he was unable to leave the couple’s rented apartment and was subsequently rushed to hospital.
Doctors found in a CT scan that the great-granddad has extensive lung scarring and he was placed into an induced coma on a ventilator. He passed away on September 22nd, and his body has been returned to the UK. His cause of death was found to be sepsis and septic shock with occupational lung disease a contributing factor.
Mr. Griffiths had worked as a sheet metal worker in Stoke-on-Trent prior to his early retirement aged 33 when he broke his back. Although no GP records suggest he had a history of work-related lung issues, North Staffordshire coroner Andrew Barkley concluded that the great-grandad died from an industrial disease.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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