A Wales lady whose 19-year-old daughter died a decade in the past below mysterious circumstances now believes she suffered from a deadly drop in salt ranges after chewing too much chewing gum, based on a report.
Samantha Jenkins, of Felinfoel, South Wales, died out of the blue on June 3, 2011, after she complained of an upset abdomen after she drank a bottle of soda on a steamy day, Media Wales reported.
“Sam and my other daughter Sophie went to town. It was a boiling hot day,” Jenkins’ mom, Maria Morgan, advised the information outlet.
“Sam, as a typical 19-year-old, had skimpy shorts on and a T-shirt. They went to lunch and came home. Sam came downstairs and came into the living room. As the evening went on she said: ‘I don’t feel well’ and then she said, ‘I have been to the Co-op and I bought myself pop and it’s gone right through me,’” she mentioned.
Morgan thought her daughter was struggling from dehydration and provided her water — however her situation quickly deteriorated.
“She said, ‘Oh God, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I can’t even pick my bottle up, it keeps falling on the floor,’” she advised Media Wales.
“I told her to go and have a lay on the bed and take a bottle of water with her as she probably had too much sun. She told me: ‘I don’t want to go upstairs, I want to sleep down here.’ So I told her to go upstairs to get a quilt to bring downstairs. Then I heard this thud.
“Me and my other daughter got up and went to the door and I said, ‘What the hell was that?’ And she shouted downstairs, ‘Is this what it’s like to die?’ — and then we heard a thud again,” Morgan added.
Jenkins was rushed to Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital, the place she was positioned in an induced coma after going into covulsions.
“They said her salts were so low and they needed to get them back up because they thought that was why she was fitting,” the mother mentioned.
“They said once all her salts were back to normal they would take her off the machine and then we could try and fathom out what’s happened,” she added.
But three days after being admitted, Jenkins died.
“We were basically told as far as they could see that something had poisoned her,” Morgan mentioned.
“We spent all night trying to think whether she had been near any
anti-freeze, could she have touched this or touched that? I remember going to the consultant and saying that the night before, she was sitting in the living room and wanted to paint her nails, and I thought, ‘Oh my God! Is it nail varnish remover?’” she mentioned.
Morgan added: “All I can remember is that I went into the hospital on Friday with a daughter, and I came out on the Monday with her glasses. That’s all I had.”
A number of months later, her different daughter found in a search of Jenkins’ bed room simply how much chewing gum she had purchased frequently.
“Every bag that she had and every drawer in her bedroom there were chewing gum wrappers, empty chewing gum boxes. Every handbag had receipts at the bottom of it where she would buy chewing gum. … I didn’t realize that she was chewing every single day of the week and as many as she was, but then, even if I did, I don’t even know if I would have been alarmed by it,” Morgan mentioned.
“I did research and I went on Google looking at chewing gum and what could happen if you chew too much chewing gum. It was mind blowing, completely mind blowing,” she mentioned.
“To be honest, I was thinking ‘Why don’t people know about this?’ As a parent you give your kids chewing gum and you don’t think anything of it. The artificial stuff that is in chewing gum is so dangerous — aspartame and sorbitol,” Morgan continued.
“It causes your salts to drastically drop in your body, and can lead to lots of things starting to go wrong with you which can be misdiagnosed — like lupus, irritable bowel syndrome. There is a list of everything it can do to your body.”
At an inquest a couple of years later, a coroner was unable to rule out the truth that chewing gum may need performed a job in Jenkins’ dying, Media Wales reported.
Dr. Paul Griffiths, a pathologist at Morriston Hospital, reported discovering “four or five bright green lumps” that turned out to be chewing gum — and attributed the dying to cerebral hypoxia brought on by convulsions and electrolyte depletion.
Jenkins had a extreme magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium deficiency, the inquest heard.
The coroner mentioned research had proven gum sweeteners to be secure, however in recording a story verdict he talked about that gum might have performed a job within the electrolyte depletion.
“They wouldn’t put down that it was definitely from chewing gum, but aided from chewing gum, she said. “There have been no other cases in this country but when you look to America there has been cases like Samantha.”
As she mourns the lack of her “bubbly, vivacious, fun-loving daughter,” Morgan added: “There are so many ‘whys’ for me, but the biggest why is why on earth have I lost my daughter to chewing gum? I mean chewing gum — come on, it’s ridiculous.”