The families of two people whose deaths were linked to a salmonella outbreak are hoping an inquest will provide them with answers they have longed for.
Sandra Blake and Stewart Graham died in February 2018.
Sandra’s husband, Heath, also fell ill on the same day as his wife with similar symptoms but survived.
Tests later confirmed that all three had salmonella.
Public Health England said there were 19 confirmed cases of salmonella and three suspected cases in East Durham and Hartlepool in early 2018.
An inquest into Sandra’s and Stewart’s deaths is due to take place at Teesside Coroner’s Court in Middlesbrough, on Wednesday.
Husband and wife Heath and Sandra Blake, from Blackhall Colliery, both began feeling unwell on February 11, 2018, with symptoms including sickness and diarrhoea.
The 68-year-old was admitted to North Tees Hospital on 14 February and died two weeks later.
Following tests it was revealed that the couple, who have two daughters, had salmonella.