A MOTHER died from alcohol poisoning after drinking just three glasses of vodka and lemonade
Heidi Hopley, 41, was found slumped on the pavement outside her home after going out for a cigarette in the early hours of the morning.
Her partner Scott desperately tried to revive her after he woke up alone but she was declared dead by paramedics on October 1.
The mother-of-one was not a heavy drinker and died from alcohol toxicity, an inquest in Taunton, Somerset, heard on Wednesday.
Post-mortem tests revealed Heidi had 380mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood – almost five times the drink drive limit.
Senior Somerset Coroner Tony Williams said: “For some reason, the alcohol she drank that night resulted in her death.
“There were no suspicious circumstances at all.”
Heidi Hopley, 41, was found slumped on the pavement outside her home
The inquest heard Ms Hopley had been out with friends and family at Bridgwater Fair the night before she died.
She was completely dedicated to the children and families she worked with
Chief executive of the Brainwave Centre Phil Edge
Heidi and Mr Fisher had three glasses of vodka and lemonade in just over two hours after arriving back at their home in North Petherton, Somerset.
Mr Fisher told the court he decided to go to bed at around 12.40am. Ms Hopley said she was going outside for a cigarette.
But when Scott woke up the next morning, he became concerned because his partner had not come to bed.
Heidi and Mr Fisher had three glasses of vodka and lemonade in just over two hours
He found her outside on the patio, carried her indoors and tried to revive her while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
But she was declared dead just after 7.30am.
Ms Hopley’s GP said she had a history of high blood pressure, but not of heavy drinking or alcohol abuse.
Levels of alcohol above 300mg have been linked to toxicity and death, the inquest heard.
Nothing else was found in her system that would have been considered a cause of death, the court heard.
The Brainwave Centre where Ms Hopley worked helps children with a range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and genetic disorders.
Heidi Hopley and her partner Scott Fisher
The much-loved therapist stayed there all her working life and helped start clinics in Japan, Finland, Scotland and Ireland.
Chief executive of the Brainwave Centre Phil Edge paid tribute to Ms Hopley after she died.
He said: “The best tribute that can be paid is from the centre.
"She was extremely dear to them and they’re absolutely devastated – they can’t believe it.
“They called her the kindest girl they have ever worked with and said that she was completely dedicated to the children and families she worked with – they were always at the forefront of her mind.”
Coroner Tony Williams recorded a verdict of accidental death.