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First official death in the UK from chronic fatigue syndrome

June 18, 2006

FlowerNew Scientist reports that Sophia Mirza, a 32-year-old Englishwoman, died from what Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley noted as “acute aneuric renal failure (failure to produce urine) due to dehydration as a result of CFS.”

This, according to New Scientist, is the first time anywhere in the world where Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been given as the cause of death.

New Scientist: First official death from chronic fatigue syndrome (external link)

Note from the Committee:

Members and readers should put this report in perspective.

All of the statistical and anecdotal evidence about CFS would suggest that: (a) most people with CFS reach a state of recovery or better health; and (b) there are very very few recorded cases of death caused by ME/CFS (this is the only case of CFS as an official cause of death, but there have been a very small number of cases where it was suggested as a possible cause of death, and we are aware of cases where CFS has contributed to a death).

It is extremely unlikely on all the evidence accumulated so far that ME/CFS will be a terminal illness for those who have it. The importance of this finding is that a legal system has acknowledged the primary physical nature of CFS, and its role in causing fundamental and dramatic changes in the body.

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