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Patient: I was so hungry as I'd not eaten for 24 hours

Breast cancer survivor Vicky Ayech, said she had not eaten for 24 hours when she was in hospital for surgery on her breast.

The 67-year-old from Hertfordshire added:

I was taken up to the ward by 8.30pm after surgery on my breast - I was so hungry as I'd not eaten for 24 hours.

I was given a menu but didn't get any food until 11pm, and then it was only bread and jam.

After such an experience with nurses busy and impatient, I got myself discharged the next morning, earlier than was wise in retrospect.

– Breast cancer survivor Vicky Ayech

Pool death woman was 'lovely girl' who 'did not drink'

The grandmother of a young woman who was found dead in a hotel swimming pool said she was a "lovely girl" who "did not drink alcohol or smoke".

Theresa Farma said shop manager Komba Kpakiwa, who also drowned in the pool at the luxury hotel, had planned the getaway to surprise his student girlfriend.

Speaking from her southeast London home, which she shared with 22-year-old Josephine Newahun Foday, Miss Farma said:

She was a lovely girl, happy and smiley,

She was very quiet, she went to church and did not drink alcohol or smoke. She wanted to be a nurse. To help people.

– Grandmother Theresa Farma

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Pool death hotel staff 'deeply upset' at deaths

We wish to reiterate our condolences to the friends and families of the lady and gentleman concerned.

Both myself and the team at the hotel are deeply upset by what has happened.

The results of the post-mortem examination have concluded that the deaths of the two people were consistent with drowning, which puts an end to inappropriate speculation about our facilities.

– Chris Falcus, manager of Down Hall Hotel

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Witnesses saw pool death pair alive 'minutes earlier'

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the deaths of two people at a luxury country hotel in Essex.

A brief hearing heard that Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from south London were found floating face down at about 7.30pm on Saturday.

The pair were found in the swimming pool at the Down Hall Country House Hotel Credit: ITV Anglia

Attempts were made to save them, but they were unsuccessful. Essex Police said that a provisional post-mortem examination found that their deaths were consistent with drowning.

A police spokesman said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious.

Police are looking at the relationship between the man and woman, who both drowned in the pool
Police are looking at the relationship between the man and woman, who both drowned in the pool Credit: ITV Anglia

Witnesses, including hotel guests, had seen them alive in swimming gear 15 minutes earlier.

Police are focusing on the relationship between the victims as part of their investigation.

Pool death woman was celebrating birthday

The two were found in the swimming pool at the Down Hall Country House Hotel Credit: ITV Anglia

A man and a woman found dead in a swimming pool at a hotel have been named.

Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from south London were discovered in the water at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Saturday evening.

An inquest into the deaths heard that Josephine Foday's birthday was the previous day and she was at the hotel to celebrate.

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Post-mortem: Hotel deaths consistent with drowning

Provisional results of the post mortem examinations on two hotel guests found under water in a hotel swimming pool have shown that their deaths were consistent with drowning.

The man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s has been staying together at the Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath

The hotel where the couple's bodies were found on Saturday evening. Credit: Down Hall Country House Hotel - Facebook

Essex police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to their deaths but are treating them as non-suspicious.

The man has been formally identified but the woman has not, and any names will not be released prior to the opening of an inquest hearing, a police statement said.

Report: Hotel guest thought police were part of game

A guest at the hotel where a man and woman were found dead in a swimming pool said she believed police officers were part of a murder mystery game she was attending, the Mirror reports:

There were police and press at the entrance and we thought it was a fantastically realistic event.

It was only then that the police told us there had been a real incident and two people were dead.

The hotel had left us a voicemail message which we hadn't picked up. They allowed us to stay the night though the murder mystery evening had been cancelled.

– Morven Philp, guest

Post-mortems to take place for pair found dead in pool

Post-mortem examinations into the deaths of a man and woman who were found dead in the swimming pool of a luxury hotel in Essex on Saturday night will take place today.

The man and woman were described as being in their early 30s and early 20 respectively and have not been identified.

Read: Guests found dead in Essex hotel's swimming pool

Police at the gate to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Police said on Sunday that they are treating the deaths as "unexplained" but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The swimming pool of the four-star hotel was cordoned off as police continued with their investigation.

The entry sign to the hotel
The entry sign to the hotel Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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