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WorldUK woman killed by metal straw in freak accident

23:30  10 july  2019
23:30  10 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A British woman died when she fell onto a metal drinking straw that tore through her eye and pierced her brain, an inquest heard.

UK woman killed by metal straw in freak accident© Facebook Former jockey Elena Struthers-Gardner died from brain injuries after a metal straw pierced her eye. Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, collapsed at her home in Poole, southern England, while carrying a mason-jar style drinking glass with a screw-top lid, the Independent reports.

The 24cms metal straw – held in place by the lid – caused a fatal brain injury after she fell last November.

The retired jockey had a history of falling stemming from spinal injuries she suffered in a riding accident.

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Ms Struthers-Gardner’s wife, Mandy, told the inquest in a statement she didn’t hear the fatal fall but discovered her “making unusual gurgling noises” in the couple’s kitchen.

“Her glass cup was lying on the floor still intact and the straw was still in the jar. I noticed the straw was sticking in her head.”

UK woman killed by metal straw in freak accident© Getty Medical staff had never seen such an injury caused by a metal straw.

After she called an ambulance, Ms Struthers-Gardner was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to save her.

Her life support was switched off the next day.

Medical staff “had never seen an injury like that,” Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour of Dorset Police said.

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Ben Tang attempted to launch his motorbike across the Circus Rio arena in Adelaide when the stunt was mistimed and he hit his head on a metal pole. © Supplied A young stunt rider has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after the second frightening accident at an Adelaide circus in a week. Emergency crews were then rushed to Wiggly Reserve for the second time in four days to stabilise the stuntman before he was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Audience members were quickly ushered out from the circus and told the show would not go on after the incident.

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