Inquest finds 97-year-old died from bleeding in her brain following fall

James Hockaday

James Hockaday

Inquest finds 97-year-old died from bleeding in her brain following fall

A 97-year-old woman died from bleeding in her brain as a result of trauma following a fall almost two weeks before her death, an inquest has heard.

The inquest into the death of Kathleen Reid, of York Road, Windsor, was held at Reading Town Hall today (Tuesday).

Speaking at the inquest, coroner Peter Bedford said the Kipling Court resident was being helped to her bedroom by a carer on November 5 when she slipped and hit her head.

Mrs Reid was caught by her carer while falling and was lowered down to the ground, after which an ambulance was called.

The inquest heard that Mrs Reid complained of a pain in her left hip and said she felt dizzy while waiting for an ambulance.

South Central Ambulance Service arrived at Mrs Reid’s home at 1am and took her to Wexham Park Hospital, Slough.

After being discharged, having displayed no obvious signs a fractured hip, the ambulance service attended Mrs Reid’s home again on November 11 after being told she was unable to eat, drink or swallow her medication.

After being re-admitted to Wexham Park Hospital the inquest heard in a statement from Dr Bethan Percival that Mrs Reid was ‘very drowsy’.

A subsequent CT head scan showed Mrs Reid was suffering from acute bleeding in her brain.

Coroner Peter Bedford concluded that Mrs Reid died from a haemorrhage which was likely to have been caused by trauma from her fall on November 5 which he described as an ‘accidental event’.

The inquest was told that Mrs Reid had a ‘poor prognosis’ and would not have survived neurosurgery even if her brain damage was spotted sooner.

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