Nurse was victim of sudden death

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The sudden death of a "fit and healthy" student nurse has baffled doctors. Helen Boyd, 21, was found dead in her bed in student lodgings in October and doctors now believe she is one of the 200 inexplicable deaths in Britain every year.

An inquest in Nottingham last week heard how doctors did not know how or why she died despite exhaustive tests. A consultant pathologist, Dr Peter James, said she could have been a victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

"We still don't know what causes it. It could be related to a sleeping position - we don't know", he said.

The inquest heard how security staff found her body in lodgings at the Queen';s medical Centre, Nottingham, after being alerted by friends. The coroner recorded an open verdict.

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