Metal drinking straw fatally impales woman through eye, brain after fall

Elena Struthers-Gardner right and her civil partner Mandy left

Elena Struthers-Gardner right and her civil partner Mandy left

Her family ultimately chose to take her off life support because it was "unlikely she would survive".

In a statement read by the coroner, her wife Mandy told of the moment she found her partner, also known as Lena, with a straw sticking through her eye.

The 60-year-old's wife said she believes the metal straws can be extremely hazardous, especially for those with mobility issues.

A riding accident at the age of 21 had left her with multiple fractures to the spine, causing scoliosis and leaving her prone to collapsing "like a sack of potatoes" at random intervals, the court heard.

Metal straws are a popular eco-friendly option as efforts to reduce single-use plastics have increased.

In America, the tragedy caught the attention of radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, who stated: "If that babe had been using a plastic drinking straw, she would be alive today".

The metal straw movement looks to cut down on the number of plastic straws that end up in the ocean, where they pose a danger to animals like sea turtles.

For many, the solution to plastic straw restrictions is reusable options made of alternate materials like metal, paper, glass or silicone.

Elena Struthers-Gardner, a disabled 60-year-old retired jockey and equestrian, died on November 23, 2018, after she fell in her home in Dorset, England, while carrying a mason jar glass with a lid and reusable metal straw. The details of her gruesome death became public Monday during an inquest.

Added the victim's brother: "These straws can very easily be lethal". There is no give in them at all.

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'If someone does fall on one and it's pointed in the wrong direction, serious injury can occur'.

In his report, Allen recommended that metal straws should not be used with any lid that holds them in place.

'It seems the main problem here is if the lid hadn't been in place the straw would have moved away'.

The distressing coronial findings have left people shaken, with many taking to social media to share messages of condolence to Elena's family over the "devastating" accident.

He said: 'Clearly great care should be taken when using these metal straws. I need straws and use them daily.

"Unfortunately, there are dangers in everything", one woman wrote.

A woman in the United Kingdom died after falling on a metal drinking straw affixed to a mason-jar-style cup she was holding while at home, according to a coroner's report. "This was a freak accident".

Mandy reportedly said it wasn't until she turned Struthers-Gardner over that she knew what had happened.

"She was taken far too early".

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