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Posted: Wednesday 12 June, 2019 at 11:04 AM

Post mortem reveals cause of US hiker’s death

By: Stanford Conway,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A post mortem examination on the body of US citizen James Beattie was performed by Resident Pathologist, Dr. Adrian Nunez Quintana on Friday (Jun. 7), who determined that death was due to decompensated chronic cor pulmonale multi-focal bilateral bronchopneumonia and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease.


    According to a research done by this publication, decompensated cor pulmonale is a clinical syndrome manifested by signs of congestive heart failure in pulmonary disease; and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma.

    Beattie’s motionless body was found along the hiking trail that leads to Mount Liamuiga by members of a search and rescue team on Tuesday (Jun. 4).

    According to a police communique, police had received a report that two persons who were staying near the White Gate area had gotten lost while on a hike to Mount Liamuiga.

    In response, a team comprising members of the Police and Defence Forces as well as the Fire and Rescue Services went in search of the missing persons.

    It stated that investigations revealed that “James Beattie of the USA and Emily Goodyear of England went on a hike on Tuesday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. Beattie fell ill and Goodyear left to get help and lost her way.

    “The search team found Goodyear who then guided them in the direction of Beattie. He was found lying motionless along the hiking trail.”

    The communiqué had also stated that the District Medical Officer was summoned to the scene and, on examination of the body, pronounced him dead. 
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