A 38-year-old mother died of caffeine overdose after drinking eight liters of a carbonated beverage that reacted with prescription drugs.Victoria Lane, died from a mixture of excessive caffeine consumption and prescription drugs in April this year.
Reese, her 17-year-old son, found Victoria's lifeless body at their home and rang paramedics who were unable to revive his mother despite several desperate attempts. Victoria would drink up to four two-liter bottles of a carbonated beverage and one liter Vodka everyday, to combat the side effects of her anxiety medication.
‘The 38-year-old struggled with anxiety since being involved in a serious car crash when she was 16.’
Appearing at North Staffordshire Coroner's Court, Reese told the inquest, "She was in the same position as I saw her the night before. I tried to wake her up but her jaw was completely locked. That's when I started to worry."
"When mum was drinking heavily she could get through a one-litre bottle of vodka a day and four two-litre bottles of a carbonated beverage," said Reese.
Victoria's mother, Rosalyne (60), said, "My daughter 'changed' after a car crash at the age of 16, and had drank huge amounts of the fizzy drink to help with the side effects of medication that gave her a dry mouth. I did question her about it because of the high amount of caffeine, but she told me it was fine."
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Sarah Murphy said, "It is absolutely tragic that such a young lady who had overcome significant adversity and had managed to sort herself and who had so much life and so much to look forward to, died prematurely."