Timothy Southern (53) of Staffordshire, England, was on vacation with his family in May 2022 in St Ann, where he met two Canadian women at a bar trying to complete a 21-drink challenge to celebrate a birthday, according to ITV News.
The inquest revealed that Southern had been drinking brandy and beer prior to taking up the challenge. He managed to have 12 drinks in the challenge before returning to his room at the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, where he later died.
According to ITV News, Southern's family has since criticized the medical treatment he received when they first realized he was ill.
“He was on his back choking. I put him in the recovery position and screamed for an ambulance. He was making a gurgling sound. As soon as he was in the recovery position, he vomited. I was shouting his name with no response,” a family member said at the inquest.
“When the nurse arrived, I said had an ambulance been called, and she said ‘no.’ I thought she would take over. But that was not the case. I noticed he was starting to lose temperature. I checked his pulse and couldn't find it,” the family member continued,” the family member added.
The family member believed the nurse did not do enough to help Southern.
“I got a full look at his face, and I thought he had passed away. I said, ‘Don't just sit there looking at him, start CPR.' She only gave him chest compressions. Maybe if she had known what she was doing, maybe he would still be here,” said the family member.
“The service and treatment he received was disgusting,” the family member continued in their comment to the inquest, according to ITV News.
A pathologist in Jamaica ruled that Southern died from “acute gastroenteritis due to alcohol consumption.” Staffordshire area coroner Emma Serrano has also ruled his death was alcohol-related.