Last Updated on 18th September 2019 by Kirsty Smithson
33 year old Medical Researcher, Rose Wharton, was otherwise a fit and healthy young woman when she died from mesothelioma asbestos cancer.
Rose fell ill 15 years after she had helped to build a school in Argentina using asbestos material in her gap year.
Her family say that it’s the only way that she could have been exposed to asbestos.
She was just 18 at the time she helped to build the school.
Darren Salter, the Oxfordshire coroner, said her case was very unusual because Rose was so young to die from the illness.
It is normally associated with older people who have worked with asbestos for many years.
In particular, tradesmen such as plumbing and heating engineers who are exposed over say 30 to 40 years.
Rose was described as being fit and healthy and had no known medical problems besides asthma.
Ms Wharton received the news that she was suffering from mesothelioma asbestos cancer in September 2017.
She later died at home in Oxford on the 20th May 2018.
The Coroner recorded her death as a narrative verdict due to the cause of her cancer not being known for sure.
Family and friends have set up a JustGiving crowdfunding page in her memory.
So far, they have raised almost £3,000 towards vital research into peritoneal mesothelioma.
Her work colleagues from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford have said she will be greatly missed.
They will be taking part in the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 7th October in her memory.
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Published Oct 01, 2018