Pregnant Mother Died While Five Months Pregnant After Taking Heroin At Party

Joanne Martin suffered cardiac arrest after taking heroin (Picture: Submitted)
A mother died at a party where she injected herself despite being five months pregnant. Joanne Martin and the unborn baby boy both died after she suffered cardiac arrest while drinking with friends.

An inquest heard relatives of the 34-year-old from Southsea, Porstmouth, did not know about her drug habit.

She had been involved in a volatile relationship with boyfriend Chris Stafford and her other three children were in the custody of her mother Linda Well and step father Stewart. Her GP said she had been diagnosed with ’emotionally unstable personality disorder’ adding that she had a history of substance misuse and self harm.

Hampshire coroner David Horsley said: ‘The mental health system has let her down, largely because she’s had these problems for a long time. ‘Joanne has had an unhappy life. She struggled with a drink problem, which I think it due to her mental health problems that go back a long way, back to when she was a teenager.’

A narrative verdict was given with the coroner saying her death ‘is a drugs-related death’.

 - Metro, UK

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