United Kingdom woman dies after impaling herself on eco-friendly metal straw

Elena Struthers-Gardner right and her civil partner Mandy left

The 10-inch metal straw was in the jar's screw-top lid and pierced Elena's left eye socket, causing a traumatic brain injury, according to authorities.

Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, was a retired jockey and had mobility difficulties because of a horse-riding accident in her 20s.

Mandy Struthers-Gardner, Elena's wife of four years, called an ambulance after finding her on the kitchen floor, but Elena succumbed to her injury in the hospital the next day. According to her wife, it wasn't unusual for her to suddenly fall or collapse. "I noticed the straw was sticking into her head", Mandy said. The lady on the phone asked me to turn her over. I could see it had gone through her left eye'.

Instead, Elena Struthers-Gardner's illustrious finish was adorned with a deadly eco-friendly metal drinking straw through her brain.

The local coroner issued a warning following the accident saying the straws shouldn't be fixed in place and care should be taken while using them.

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

US cities including Seattle and San Francisco have implemented bans on plastic straws, and major companies such as Starbucks, Hyatt and Hilton are reportedly abandoning the plastic.

"Medical staff had never seen an injury like that", he said.

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It was unclear what caused the fall; officials said a urine sample showed no traces of alcohol, The Telegraph reported.

Elena's brother Robin Struthers also spoke at the hearing, reading an emotional statement in which he pleaded with the coroner to warn the public about how "easily lethal" metal straws can be.

Her wife explained that Elena was prone to falling over and collapsing at random intervals due to severe pain from her accident which caused multiple fractures to her lumbar spine and subsequent scoliosis. Her life support was eventually switched off.

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

"Even if they don't end a life they can be very unsafe".

Detectives indicated this was a very unusual case and is certainly not the norm for those who use metal straws.

"It seems the main problem here is if the lid hadn't been in place the straw would have moved away", he said. "There is no give to them at all". I hope this never happens to anyone else'.

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