By Constantinos Psillides
A 40-year old woman from Romania was found dead in her apartment on Thursday morning after her five-year-old son was seen calling for help, police said.
According to the police report, the woman was found in her third floor apartment in Larnaca.
She was pronounced dead by fireman, who were first at the scene at 8.15am.
The Fire Department had been notified by the woman’s neighbors, who heard the five-year old calling for help in the corridor.
Preliminary reports said the woman died of natural causes.
She had visited Larnaca General Hospital last on January 14 where she was diagnosed with a duodenal perforation. According to the report, she had refused treatment. Perforation anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract is a normally considered a surgical emergency as it leaves the patient open to bacterial infections.
The woman and child were living in squalid condition, reports said.
According to the police, the apartment resembled a garbage dump. It was littered with empty bags, boxes, food leftovers and other trash. The stink was so bad that police officers had to wear masks to enter the apartment, they said.
According to state pathologist Nicolas Charalambous, the garbage was one-metre deep.
CyBC radio reported that the woman’s neighbors said that she was seen regularly with her child collecting rubbish. She was also a regular at a neighboring cafeteria, where she used to eat, and beg for money and assistance.
The child has been put under the protection of the welfare services. There was no information as regards a father.
The woman had been under the supervision of the welfare services and she was receiving benefits for three years. The benefit payments stopped in December after welfare employees were no longer able to get in contact with the woman.
The exact cause of death will be known on Friday after the medical examiner concludes the post mortem.