A woman in England died after falling onto a reusable metal straw, which pierced her head, and the tragic accident has renewed debate over bans on plastic straws , according to news reports. The woman, year-old Elena Struthers-Gardner, was carrying a glass with a inch-long stainless-steel straw when she fell and the straw impaled her eye, causing fatal brain injuries , according to the Daily Echo , a British newspaper. Struthers-Gardner had scoliosis, or a sideways curvature of the spine, which made her prone to falls. Struthers-Gardner died in November, and a coroner's report on her death was released this week, according to The New York Times. The report called her death an accident.
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A ban on sigle-use plastic straws will go into effect next April in the UK, and across the EU in Photograph: iStock. A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her home, a coroner said in an inquest this week that warned about the dangers of metal straws. Such straws have surged in popularity as an EU-wide ban on single-use plastic straws looms. The report, released in Bournemouth , called her death an accident, said that she fell at her home on November 22nd, and was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she died the next day. She had scoliosis — a curvature of the spine — and had dealt with substance abuse issues, her wife said.
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A woman reportedly died after falling and impaling herself on an eco-friendly metal straw
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Eco-friendly metal straws have been all the rage after several US states enacted bans against single-use plastic straws, but a tragedy in the UK might have some consumers thinking twice. According to The Daily Echo , Elena Struthers-Gardner, a year-old retired jockey known as "Lena," suffered a fatal brain injury after she tripped and fell on a metal straw, which pierced her brain at her home in Broadstone, England. Struthers-Gardner was carrying a mason-jar-style drinking glass with a screw-top when she stumbled while holding the beverage container, causing the inch stainless-steel straw to go through her left eye socket and ultimately into her brain, according to the report. According to The Daily Echo , the death of Struthers-Gardner prompted a coroner warning "that metal drinking straws should never be used with a lid that fixes them in place, and 'great care should be taken' while using them.