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Yeadon widow, 84, died after hitting head in fall
An 84-year-old widow from Yeadon died as a result of an accidental fall, a coroner in Bradford has concluded.
An inquest into the death of Brenda Telford, of Barfield Drive, was opened and concluded on Tuesday, just over a week after Mrs Telford died peacefully at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Assistant Coroner Tim Ratcliffe recorded a verdict of accidental death, after studying medical reports and an account of her suffering a head injury in a fall.
Mrs Telford died in hospital on Monday, September 23, the inquest heard. She was admitted to the hospital on September 4 after a neighbour spotted her collapsed inside her home.
The hospital diagnosed a stroke. Despite initially showing some improvement, Mrs Telford suffered several more partial seizures, and her condition deteriorated after she developed pneumonia.
Mr Ratcliffe accepted Mrs Telford died from aspiration pneumonia as a result of a subdural haematoma – bleeding between the skull and the surface of the brain.
But he also heard an account from a friend of Mrs Telford, Shirley Holdsworth, who told how Mrs Telford had fallen and hit her head after leaving a GP surgery on Silver Lane in Yeadon in August.
Staff at the surgery, and paramedics, tended to Mrs Telford’s injury and she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where she treated for concussion.
There was ‘no evidence’ she had been given a CT scan at Leeds, Mr Ratcliffe said.
Mrs Telford showed symptoms of concussion after the incident, but did not want to see a doctor.
Mrs Holdsworth went to visit her friend on September 4, but there was no answer. A neighbour climbed up a ladder and saw Mrs Telford collapsed.
A report to the coroner confirmed Mrs Telford had suffered a small skull fracture.
“It’s not possible to be absolutely sure what event caused the subdural haematoma which was a causative factor in Brenda Telford’s death. It’s not clear whether the haematoma directly resulted from the fall on the pavement outside her doctor’s surgery or whether she may have fallen some other time in her home, unwitnessed and unreported,” said Mr Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe said he had considered a verdict of death as a result of natural causes, but concluded an accidental fall is likely to have had a causative effect.