Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nurse Died of Heart Disease in Pool

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Nurse Died of Heart Disease in Pool

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk

A NURSE who died at an NURSE who died at an Easter outdoor pool party Easter outdoor pool party was su'ering from heart was su'ering from heart disease.

Mandi O'Rourke had Mandi O'Rourke had been out drinking when been out drinking when she was invited back to she was invited back to the party in Kenton in April.

And it was as the And it was as the 47-year-old was in 47-year-old was in the outdoor the outdoor swimming pool swimming pool alone that she alone that she collapsed and collapsed and died.

e theatre e theatre nurse, who nurse, who worked at worked at the Nueld the Nueld Hospital, Hospital, died from died from heart disease and the and the e'ects of e'ects of alcohol. Today, following an ' Today, following an ' inquest into Mandi' s inquest into Mandi' s death, her dad Michael death, her dad Michael o'Rourke paid tribute to O'Rourke paid tribute to her.

e 67-year-old former e 67-year-old former nurse, of Forest Hall, North nurse, of Forest Hall, North Tyneside, said: "We are tyneside, said: "We are very distraught and we still haven't recovered.

"Grieving takes a long time, particularly when it's your daughter. You don't expect to see them go before you. You expect them to see your lifetime through.

"You expect the shoe to be on the other foot. She's going to be a great miss.

"She used to come to mine most Sundays for lunch and I still look out of the window to see where she is. I know she won't be there but it would be nice if she did come."

Mandi and a group of friends had been drinking in the Jubilee Pub when they were invited back to the party in Sherringham Avenue.

CCTV footage showed Mandi, of East View, in Cramlington, in the shallow end of the pool, holding on to the side.

Giving evidence at the inquest hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre, Detective Constable Dave Crosk-tive Croskery, of Major Crime, said: "From the CCTV you see all of them in the pool having a drink. …

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