Dad killed by drink ‘as strong as 200 cups of coffee’ due to simple scales error

A father-of-two tragically died after accidentally making a protein drink as strong as 200 cups of coffee, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Mansfield, 29, passed away after he misjudged the amount of caffeine to put in his supplement drink due to a common error with his kitchen scales at his family home in North Wales.

The personal trainer ordered a 100g packet of caffeine powder and "necked" the drink, which contained seven times the recommended dose, by mistake.

His heartbroken wife Suzannah described him as "really healthy" and said he began "clutching his chest" on the sofa before frothing at the mouth just moments after drinking the solution.

The inquest heard paramedics arrived within minutes to use a defibrillator due to Mr Mansfield's "grossly abnormal" heart rhythm.

He was rushed to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital after going into cardiac arrest but he was pronounced dead at 4pm on January 5 last year.

Mr Mansfield, who also worked as a security guard, made the drink shortly after it was delivered to his address after he purchased it from Blackburn Distributions

The recommended serving of the powder 60 to 300mg twice a day – but Mr Mansfield's digital scale had a starting weight of 2g.

The inquest heard the dad was "likely aiming for a mid-range serving" but instead drank up to 5g of the powder.

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A post mortem found he had 392mg of caffeine per litre of blood – the equivalent of up to 200 cups of coffee.

The inquest heard death can be caused by levels at 78mg per litre of blood or higher.

Senior coroner John Gittins recorded Mr Mansfield's death as misadventure due to the unintended result in consuming the caffeine powder.

He added he had been "reassured" that action had been taken by the brand to provide a measuring scoop and an A4 instruction sheet.

The inquest heard the instructions and warnings on the packet were not in breach of regulations at the time.

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After his death, friends fundraised for the family including Mr Mansfield's wife and children Tommy and Millie.

Writing on social media, wife Suzannah said she was "absolutely heartbroken" by the tragedy.

She said: "He was my whole life I'll never get over this.

"You were my life Tom."

"I'm missing you so much and trying so hard for the kids keep it together, I love you more than I could love anyone , I'll always love you."

Self-employed Mr Mansfield ran fitness classes with his personal training business and used the motto: "With you every step of the way."

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