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Mum-of-five dies trying to ‘pull her own achy teeth out’ after family barbecue
August 2, 2023
A mum-of-five tragically died trying to pull her own teeth out after a barbeque.
Kiera Kent, 29, had taken cocaine at her home St Ive, a small village in Cornwall. Kiera went upstairs and didn't reappear after the guests left and the kids were put to bed, alarming partner Liam Crabtree.
The police report read out at an inquest into Kiera's death stated Liam went upstairs to find her lying on the pillow, surrounded by blood with her hands in her mouth, reports CornwallLive.
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Kiera was also scratching and pulling at her own skin. Liam had to wrestle her after she picked up a razor and tried to put it in her mouth. He then called 999, explaining his partner was trying to pull her own teeth out.
Police rushed to the scene thinking they were dealing with a mental health crisis and requested an ambulance, but there was a considerable delay until the responders arrived.
PCs Gemma Henderson and Leanne Gould handcuffed Kiera's hands in front of her to protect her. When she stopped breathing they commenced CPR for 30 minutes before paramedics arrived and she was sadly pronounced dead.
The inquest heard how Kiera previously had problems with her wisdom teeth.
Giving evidence, DC Lindsay Cork told the court a post-mortem report showed scratches and abrasions consistent with Kiera pulling at her own skin. There was also evidence she had put her hands into her mouth and caused significant injury.
DC Cork explained how both Kiera and Liam used cocaine previously in the evening before Kiera's behaviour became "bizarre and erratic".
Assistant coroner for Cornwall Guy Davies explained that although Kiera's cocaine level was not in the toxic range, it is possible that it can cause death by creating an electrolyte/chemical imbalance, even when no anatomical reasons for death are apparent.
Mr Davies said the cocaine accounted for the medical episode that caused Kiera's death. A cause of death was recorded as acute behaviour disturbance following cocaine use.
Giving evidence, PCs Gould and Henderson said they did all they could to try and save Kiera but they just wished ambulance help turned up sooner. PC Henderson was visibly shaken giving evidence and Kiera's family thanked the attending officers for their care, calling them "a credit to the profession".
An IOPC investigation determined there was nothing more whatsoever the officers could have done to help Kiera.
After her passing, Kiera was described as the "life and soul" of her family and such a loving person to all who knew her. Kiera was a devoted mother to her five children and is missed by all who knew her.
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