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According to British press reports, Enid Heap and Beverley Sowah both died at Manchester Royal Infirmary, likely from eating Listeria tainted sandwiches.

Ms. Heap, from Beswick, died with her family at her bedside on May 6 after she was admitted to the hospital in March when suffering breathing difficulties, Manchester Coroner’s Court heard. Mrs. Sowah, who was born in Jamaica and lived in Manchester, was admitted to the same hospital on April 15 and died on April 26. Coroner Nigel Meadows confirmed before the listeria deaths were uncovered an inquest had already been held into Mrs. Sowah’s death and he had concluded no inquest hearing was needed for Ms. Heap’s death.

In other news, a Derbyshire man, Ian Hitchcock, with liver cancer, who was diagnosed with Listeria at the Royal Derby Hospital, was later transferred to Nottingham City Hospital where he died on June 8. An inquest into Mr. Hitchcock’s death has been opened at Derby Coroner’s Court.

In total five people are suspected to have died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to The Good Food Chain. There were further deaths at a University Hospitals in Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Listeria:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as deli meat, cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.