Metal Drinking Straw Fatally Impales Woman Through Eye, Brain After Fall

Dorset woman died when she fell onto an eco-friendly metal straw

Elena Struthers-Gardner, a retired jockey, suffered fatal brain injuries in the accident at her home in England, according to USA Today.

Struthers-Gardner's wife, Mandy, found her partner-a former jockey who occasionally collapsed as a result of spinal injuries-lying facedown on the floor, "making unusual gurgling sounds", per the Independent.

Dr David Parham, who carried out her post-mortem examination, said the cause of death was a traumatic brain injury, after the straw pierced "through her left eyelid and left eyeball". "I could see the straw had gone through her left eye".

She was sadly pronounced dead the following day at Southampton General Hospital.

In the wake of the death, Mandy mourned the loss of her wife of four years. She told them it wasn't until she turned her spouse over that she discovered what had happened.

The inquest also heard Mrs Struthers-Gardner had suffered with mobility problems following a horse riding accident at the age of 21.

Eco-friendly metal straws have been all the rage after several U.S. states enacted bans against single-use plastic straws, but a tragedy in the United Kingdom might have some consumers thinking twice.

The metal straw movement looks to cut down on the number of plastic straws that end up in the ocean, where they pose a danger to animals like sea turtles.

The UK alone throws away 8.5 billion plastic straws each year.

According to The Telegraph, the eco-friendly, 10-inch long stainless steel straw entered the 60-year-old's left eye socket and pierced her brain.

Mandy is concerned that people challenged with mobility and children could be injured by the straws.

Mandy Struthers-Gardner and Robin Struthers, Elena's brother, have both called for stronger safety measures to be taken with the now-popular metal straws.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, assistant coroner Brendan Allen said: 'There is insufficient evidence to explain how Lena came to fall. If someone does fall on one and it's pointed in the wrong direction, serious injury can occur'.

Metal drinking straws have started popping up in stores and restaurants around the world following reports that single-use plastic straws are not only incapable of being recycled due to their small size, but are also especially perilous to sea animals.

In a bid to save the environment, many countries around the world have established a ban on the usage of plastic straws.

A woman drinking with a plastic straw.

"I can't believe this is what it takes for some of you to believe us!" I need straws and use them daily.

"Unfortunately, there are dangers in everything", one woman wrote. "It seems to me these metal straw should not be used with any form of lid that holds them in place".

Related News:

Most liked

US House votes to curb Donald Trump's powers to start Iran war
Hoyer, who made a similar call for unity in Wednesday's caucus meeting, declined to respond Thursday to Ocasio-Cortez's remark. Progressive Democrats are accusing moderates and party leaders of too readily compromising with Republicans on the issue.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 How to Open Locks
The joy in playing is in the discovery and while playing Dragon Quest Builders 2 , you'll be making discoveries constantly. There are many islands to explore and each will have new builds, tasks, and residents willing to help you out if needed.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery
A February 13, 2013 file photo shows the Teutonic Cemetery in the courtyard of the Collegio Teutonico, as seen from atop St. There were renovations carried out in the cemetery at the end of the 1800's, and then again in the 1960s and 1970s.

Antoine Griezmann: FC Barcelona sign French striker for €120 million
The stats Griezmann amassed in five seasons with Atletico Madrid show just how important was to the team's cause. But now the saga is finally over, with Griezmann being announced as Barcelona's third arrival of the summer.

Frustration for Nadal as Wimbledon mission falls short
Djokovic won 14 of the next 18 points while pulling out to a 3-0 lead - and he didn't need to produce much magic to do so. Once his volley victor found the net tape and trickled over to cap the third set, the outcome seemed inevitable.

Save $200 on 2018 Apple MacBook Air
WHAT'S NOW MISSING?: Apple has now completely streamlined its MacBook range with the older MacBook Air now removed from sale. "The funeral" 12-inch MacBook upset many users, as it was the lightest and most compact laptop, for which he valued buyers.

Lampard has reunited Chelsea and their fans, says Azpilicueta
Now we have something unusual - the transfer ban - which gives a chance for a lot of young players, players coming back from loan. Frank Lampard said (as reported by talkSPORT ): "It was a good run-out, we had good support and thanks for people turning out".

US VP Mike Pence visits overcrowded migrant camp, deplores 'crisis'
But he conceded that numerous men had not showered for 10 or 20 days because the facility previously didn't have showers. In that interview, Wise described how migrant children are kept in a "kind of cage-like" processing center.

Jermaine Dupri Reacts To Backlash, Launched So So Def Female Cypher
"They all rapping about the same thing", Dupri said. "Let me tell y'all about some rappers that are really f***ing dope, that be rapping they a** off".

Serena, Halep roll, advance to Wimbledon final
Williams claimed after her semi-final romp over unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova that the Court landmark is not on her mind. Williams will be aiming for her 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would tie Margaret Court for the all-time record.

Star Trek: Picard key art revealed
Jean-Luc Picard is not the first Starfleet captain to own a dog, and let's remember, he's apparently not with Starfleet anymore. The first teaser for Star Trek: Picard made its premiere back in May , and it set the tone for what's to come with its series.

USA regulators approve Facebook fine of about $5 billion
The two detractors were the FTC's two Democratic commissioners, who presumably felt that the settlement was not punitive enough. The commission's 2011 consent decree with Facebook addressed a litany of deceptive practices by the social-media company.

After Google+, Google is Working on Another Social Network
If you're not part of the select few to be invited to the social media site, you can fill out a request to bring it to your area. "Meeting new people is more fun when you have more in common", according to the app's dedicated website .

White House kills rule aimed at ending Medicare drug rebates
The administration's about-face was the second setback in a week for the president's drive to lower drug prices . He said that the administration was encouraged by bipartisan discussion on legislation to control drug costs.

Tourists, Residents Evacuated As Wildfire Spreads At Hawaii's Maui Island
A National Weather Service satellite photo showing smoke hanging over the island was posted on local media and social media sites. Smoke from the brush fire raging in central Maui , Hawaii, is seen in a video screengrab from HawaiiNewsNow , July 11, 2019.