House col­lapse vic­tim dies

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS -

A Bri­tish man res­cued from his Ori­huela Costa apart­ment when the two-storey build­ing started to col­lapse on Septem­ber 26 has died, a close friend has told Costa Blanca News. Mal­colm Lawrence was aged 58 and sadly passed away at Tor­re­vieja hos­pi­tal on Tues­day morn­ing.

His cause of death was given as be­ing em­phy­sema and liver fail­ure, which ex­isted pre­vi­ously to the in­ci­dent, ex­plained Stephen Barofka. Nev­er­the­less, he said Mr Lawrence’s friends are ‘con­vinced’ that the dust and stress of his ordeal wors­ened his con­di­tion. Mal­colm was res­cued by the emer­gency ser­vices af­ter the apart­ment above his ground floor home started to sink and he was un­able to es­cape be­cause the se­cu­rity grill on his door would no longer open.

He suf­fered ex­ten­sive bruis­ing and was also treated for shock at Tor­re­vieja hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing dis­charged into the care of friends on Oc­to­ber 2, al­though he still re­quired oxy­gen. How­ever, his con­di­tion wors­ened a few days later and he had to be read­mit­ted but did not re­cover.

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