A United States visitor to the island – James Beattie- who was found dead while he was in the process of hiking the Mt. Liamuiga trail on June 4 died as a result of decompensated chronic cor pulmonale multi-focal bilateral bronchopneumonia and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease.
This was the determination of resident pathologist Dr. Adrian Nunez, who performed the autopsy last Friday, June 7.
Cor pulmonale is defined as an alteration in the structure and function of the right ventricle (RV) of the heart caused by a primary disorder of the respiratory system. Bronchopneumonia refers to inflammation of the lungs.
Chronic obstruction pulmonary disease is a common lung disease. Having COPD makes it hard to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD: Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus. Emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time.
Beattie, and a companion, lost their way during a hike in the mountain area.
“Police received a report that two persons who were staying nearby got lost while hiking to Mount Liamuiga. Investigations so far have revealed that James Beattie of the USA and Emily Goodyear of England went on a hike on Tuesday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. Beattie fell ill and Goodyear left to get help and lost her way.
The search team found Goodyear who then guided them in the direction of Beattie. He was found lying motionless along the hiking trail,” an initial release from the Police stated.
The age of the deceased has not been released.