IRELAND: Respiratory apparatus and e-cigarette, questions after the death of a woman 54 years

IRELAND: Respiratory apparatus and e-cigarette, questions after the death of a woman 54 years

This is a survey with many questions that takes place in Ireland. 22 June 2017, the hair of a woman of 54 years old who was using an e-cigarette and a medical respirator caught fire. Many questions still arise today.


In June 2017, a woman of 54 years died from burns after using an e-cigarette at the same time as a medical respirator. Caroline murphy54, a mother of two, was burned to her face, neck, scalp, and chest while she was smoking in bed at her home in Rathcobican, Offaly County.

« She had an e-cigarette and used it before the accident"Said her husband Mr. Murphy. During an investigation into his death in Dublin Court, he said he heard her screaming from the bedroom or was using a respirator to treat a health problem.

« She said, "I am burning, I am in flames. "I ran in and her hair was on fire"Said Mr. Murphy. He took off his shirt and wrapped it around her before wearing it in the shower.

«I tried to smother the fire as best I could. I removed the nasal line from her nose and behind her ears she was melting Murphy said.

The coroner Dr. Crona Gallagher asked if the woman was smoking at the time of the fire. Her husband said she was using an e-cigarette before her nasal tube caught fire.

Ms. Murphy suffered severe burns on more than 6% of the body. She was treated at St James's Hospital's Burn Unit during 36 days before her condition suddenly deteriorated on July 29 2017. She died the next day.

The cause of death was a multi-organ failure caused by an area of ​​tissue death on the liver. The coroner said the burns were the initial trigger and subsequently caused some medical problems.

Dr. Cian Muldoon, a consultant in pathology, stated that the burns corresponded to the consequences of a fire.

« The description you give of his hair in flames corresponds to a situation where there is a source of oxygen or fuel to cause a fire"Said Dr. Gallagher.

The investigation was adjourned because it was not possible to determine what type of device Murphy was using to help her breathe when the fire broke out. "We will try to get information about the company that provided the medical device Said Dr. Gallagher.

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