Cancer-hit gran-of-five, 70, dies after being exposed to asbestos at Stoke-on-Trent pottery factory
A former factory worker who was exposed to asbestos at one of Stoke-on-Trent’s oldest pottery companies died from an industrial disease, an inquest has ruled.
Kathleen Capper, from Norton, had worked at 210-year-old Wade Ceramics for seven years before becoming a financial advisor.
But the 70-year-old – who did not smoke and only drank socially – was taken ill on a cruise and subsequent tests at the Royal Stoke University Hospital discovered epithelioid malignant mesothelioma.
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She passed away at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, in Blurton, last December.
Now an inquest has been held into Kathleen’s death at Stoke’s civic centre.
In a statement, husband Raymond Capper said: “Kathleen worked at Wade Ceramics pot bank for seven years before becoming a financial advisor.
“She was a non-smoker and drank socially. She was diagnosed with stage three malignant mesothelioma and had six rounds of chemotherapy.
“In October 2019 the disease progressed and she was admitted to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice on December 8 last year and she died on the 15th. I was present at her death.”
A post-mortem examination has found that the grandmother-of-five and mother-of-two died as a result of the mesothelioma.
North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “The deceased worked at a pottery factory.
“An ultrasound scan diagnosed her with epitheiloid malignant mesothelioma on February 11, 2019. She had six rounds of chemotherapy up until October 2019 and a CT scan showed the disease had progressed and she was admitted to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
“I take into account that the deceased worked in a pottery factory where there is a known risk of exposure to asbestos.
“I’m satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the disease was due to exposure at work and the disease caused the death.”
Ms Murphy concluded that the death was due to an industrial disease.Read the full story here
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