Inquest into the death of a seasonal picker in Cornwall

Dr Soar said Ms Perestrelo’s lung disease was “quite a rare condition, the vast majority, over 90%, are related to smoking”.

He said Ms Perestrelo, a non-smoker, suffered a rare reaction to organic and inorganic compounds while picking cabbage.

She was treated for pulmonary TB but was not fit enough for a lung transplant, he said.

Ms Perestrelo, originally from Madeira, died in August 2023 of end-stage pulmonary fibrosis.

The inquest heard her family described her as “a very sociable person who loved the outdoors and gardening and was an excellent mother and grandmother”.

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