Two doctors examined Mrs Guy's body but no post-mortem examination was carried out and a death certificate was issued listing her causes of death as broncho-pneumonia, septicaemia and hypertensive heart disease.
Case types were defined as follows: "Pure pneumonic cases were those in which no buboes could be found, but in which there was definite broncho-pneumonia. The mixed cases were those in which there was definite broncho-pneumonia, as well as buboes, and the B.
Senior coroner for Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens, Christopher Sumner, ruled the cause of death was natural and due to corpulmonale (a failure of his heart) contributed to by broncho-pneumonia and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
1 Bilateral basal pneumonia Reactive airway disease 2 No reported Reactive airway findings disease 3 Bilateral patchy No infiltrates in the bases 4 Broncho-pneumonia Intrauterine growth restriction Unspecified musculoskeletal disorder Source: Prepared by the authors based on the study results.