Tragedy of Stanley teen who died after inhaling deodorant

A POLICE officer with more than two decades of experience investigating sudden deaths described the loss of a teenager’s life due to solvent abuse as a tragedy at an inquest.

Thomas Keaning’s body was found at the bottom of the stairs of his home in Railway Bridge, Stanley, County Durham, on February 16 this year.

An inquest at Crook Civic Centre today (Friday, August 14) heard that the 19-year-old was known to have smoked cigarettes and inhaled aerosols, particularly during times of stress, but his death came as a complete shock to his family.

Consultant pathologist Dr Kakinder Pal Sidhu, who carried out a post mortem examination, said butane, isobutane and propane were all found in his brain and lungs.

She said this indicated that solvents such as aerosols had been misused, decreasing cardiac output and causing drowsiness and loss of consciousness.... click here to read more

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