Bird, Emma

Bird, Emma          1883 January 20th

On Thursday afternoon an inquest was held at the Fisherton House Asylum by Mr G Smith (city coroner) and a jury (of whom Mr Knowle was foreman) on the body of a woman named Emma Bird, the wife of an engineer of the metropolis, and who had been an inmate of the institution for nearly three years, having previously been at Wandsworth Asylum for eight years and at Bethlem.

According to the evidence the deceased at the time of receiving her dinner was in perfect physical health. She got up from the table, and whilst sitting down apart, fell forward. The doctor and Mrs Day (the matron) were sent for, but the poor woman only lived a few minutes. She had never been attended for any physical illness and had the appearance of a hale, strong woman. The medical testimony tended to show that death resulted from syncope; and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.

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