44-year-old Andrew Thornton suffered a heart attack and
died after swallowing some 10 litres of water to numb pain from gum disease.
Thornton from Bradford, West Yorks suffered the attack on
December 5 last year, an inquest was told. His mother Alice said he had been
vomiting and then drinking water that day. He suffered from severe gum disease,
but refused treatment preferring to take water as it numbed his pain.
The pathologist, Dr Alan Padwell, said he was overloaded
with water. "He had been drinking an awful lot of water and vomiting. He
had overloaded with water. Your body tells you how much you need. Eat and drink
normally and your body will regulate itself."
Mrs Thornton said
people must learn from this and be careful, "Andrew wasn't a stupid man
and if he had known how dangerous drinking that much was, he wouldn't have done
it," she added.