An inquest heard that a mother suffering from the sickness bug suddenly died while she was on holiday in Porthcawl with her family.

Eleanor Rees (35) died after complaining she had been unwell for a few more days.

Before the family was due to disappear, Ms Rees complained of feeling sick since March 3.

Her partner John Davies was her son and she later went to Trecco Bay holiday park.

She discovered that Ms. Rees was suffering from anxiety and bipolar disorder.

According to the inquest, Ms. Rees had “turned to drinking” in her past. She had also not eaten or drunk for many days prior. 

A pathologist said alcohol-related ketoacidosis contributed to her death. 

Eleanor Rees, pictured with her partner Jonathan, right, complained of feeling ill several days before her death in March 2019

Eleanor Rees was pictured right with Jonathan.

Inquest at Pontypridd coroner’s court was informed that Ms Rees and Mr Davies had been together for eight years. As the relationship progressed, he became her sole carer.

The coroner heard Ms Rees, from Swansea used alcohol to deal with her mental health problems, and would drink two cans a day or maybe a bottle of wine during the evening, but other times it would vary.

M. Davies stated at the hearing that her mental condition would determine whether she was allowed to testify. 

After the birth, Mr Davies stated that she started having problems with her body.

He replied, “She found that difficult. It was not how she liked being after giving birth.

Her inquest heard Ms Rees suffered from mental health issues which she tried to solve with alcohol

Her inquest heard Ms Rees had issues with her body following the birth of her son

Her inquiry revealed Ms. Rees was suffering from mental illness which she attempted to resolve with alcohol. 

“It was not uncommon for her to take laxatives if she was struggling with weight.

She was 8 years old when I met her. At one point, she dropped to size 6. And that’s when I stopped loving her.

According to Mr Davies, they had booked the Porthcawl holiday in January 2019 to bring the whole family together and spend time at a different place.

Before they parted ways, he admitted that Ms Rees had said to him: “I don’t want you to go,” because she was suffering from a stomach virus. But he maintained this was normal behavior due to his anxiety.

On March 4, while driving in the car, the hearing said that she had brightened up a little and began to dance and bobble to the music.

However, she felt unwell upon arrival at the caravan park. She complained that she was tired and wouldn’t eat.

Ms. Davies continued feeling unwell, and she stayed in bed until March 5. Mr. Davies called Manon Griffiths (his partner’s psychologist), to inquire if the illness could be related to anxiety.

The inquest heard that he had been advised by Ms Griffiths to call an ambulance if his symptoms worsened. However, Ms Griffiths stated she was happy to advise him to continue.

Ms Rees was not able to call the emergency services until the later part of the day. As the day progressed, her daughter started to become more worried.

The daughter of Ms. Rees read a statement that said, “I believe it was 4.30 to 5.30 pm. I called my grandmother because I was concerned about mom.

“She made strange noises that I’d never heard before. She was making strange sounds that I’d never heard before, so it made me very nervous.

After Mr Davies had checked on his partner in bed, he returned to the bedroom and called for assistance because she wasn’t looking right.

Inquest heard that he asked his daughter, “Does mom look right to me?”

When Mr Davies described what Ms Rees was like in that moment, he said: “I could feel her hands feeling very cold and clammy. Her hand was turning blue.

I could see blue around her lips. She was also breathing.

Ms Rees was unable to breathe despite being assisted by emergency personnel.

According to Ms. Rees’ medical records, she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (bipolar disorder), anxiety, and alcohol dependence.

Heather Cowie, Dr Heather Cowie, described her as very anxious. Dr Manon Griffiths Clinical Psychologist also shared these sentiments.

Dr Griffiths, who had worked with Ms Rees to support her with her mental health, said:  I feel we had a really good relationship.

“She had difficulty accepting her body.”

She never felt understood. Through her adulthood, she felt that she was not understood. She acknowledged that she had been drinking more.

Dr Griffiths claimed that she had shared ideas with her about how she could help her alcohol problems, but was open and honest when it came to the fact she was having trouble.

Also, she insisted that her advice was for John to call an ambulance when she called to inform her of her unwell.

“I believed he would’ve been able make the decision,” she stated.

“So I didn’t think of calling an ambulance to their aid.

Ms Rees died later, despite the efforts of the paramedics on the scene.

Officers arrived on the scene and confirmed that there was no suspicious circumstance. Ms. Rees didn’t appear to have been injured.

According to Dr. Maurizio brotto, the pathologist, who examined the body after the inquest, the evidence regarding the causes of the death appeared to match that of fatality arising out from alcohol-related Ketoacidosis.

Ms. Rees didn’t eat or drink much in the days before she died from stomach bugs.

The hearing heard that Dr Brotto said it was possible for Ms Rees to have survived if she had received an ambulance call between Monday and Sunday.

David Regan, the coroner of David’s death, acknowledged that Mr Davies died from alcohol withdrawal-related ketoacidosis signs. However, he said that Mr Davies had not shown any neglect in his role as carer.

Regan replied, “I accept as fact that Dr Griffiths recommended to Mr Davies to call an ambulance. He is not a physician.

“He sought help by calling Dr Griffiths, but he did not follow her advice.

“I will note that Eleanor was a victim of alcohol-related causes of death.”