Pregnant mum of six dies with 'abnormally high' level of cocaine in system

A mum of six has died with an "abnormally high" amount of cocaine in her system while pregnant with her seventh child.

Lyndsey Hughes was 15 weeks pregnant with a "perfectly healthy" son when she ingested the drug and collapsed in her home in Llangefni, north Wales.

The 34 year old died 13 days later - leaving her children, aged between one and 16, and partner Nick heartbroken.

A recent inquest heard Ms Hughes had fallen ill with bronchopneumonia, which caused her to collapse and led to respiratory failure.

She was also found to have "abnormally high" levels of cocaine in her system - eight times over the drug-drive limit.

Lyndsey Hughes was 15 weeks pregnant with a "perfectly healthy" son when she ingested the drug and collapsed in her Welsh home. Source: Australscope

Her family said they have been "devastated" by her death.

Her friend, Helen Evans, described Ms Hughes as "full of life" and a "brilliant mother".

"She was always up for mischief - she was 34 but very young at heart. Whenever I saw her she was always ready for a gossip and a joke, it's all very sad,” she said.

Ms Evans said Ms Hughes was a “fun loving girl” but was also “very family orientated and rarely went out.”

"She was a devoted mother and partner, caring daughter and joyful sister - her death has left a massive hole in so many people's lives," Ms Evans said.

A post-mortem exam revealed Ms Hughes had damage to her heart, which can be caused by chronic cocaine use.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard ruled that the mum died as a result of respiratory failure due to bronchopneumonia but cocaine toxicity was a contributing factor.

Ms Hughes collapsed in her home in Llangefni, Anglesey, north Wales (pictured). Source: Australscope

"Because of the bronchopneumonia, she died of natural causes. This is not a drug death. The cocaine contributed but did not ultimately cause her death,” he said.

"I am seeing far too many cocaine deaths as the use of cocaine in this part of the world is very common.

"If she had not taken cocaine in the past, the probability is that she would have survived the bronchopneumonia, but we cannot be sure.

"Cocaine damages the heart by killing off patches of heart tissue and causes a tightening of the vessels. Even low levels of cocaine can cause catastrophic results and repeat use causes more and more damage.

"The public think cocaine doesn't do any long-term harm but it does," he said.

- Australscope

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