Pensioner died after hospital fall

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A pensioner who fell and banged her head in hospital died from multiple organ failure, an inquest heard.

Jean Power suffered a bleed on the brain after falling in Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital while receiving treatment for a severe chest infection.

The grandmother, of Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, had to be transferred to Royal Preston Hospital for emergency surgery, but died four days before her 60th wedding anniversary, an inquest heard.

A post mortem examination discovered the 81-year-old, who had three children who have all died, suffered a heart attack, as well as a bleed on the brain and pneumonia.

Pathologist Dr Samir Shaktawat told the inquest that Mrs Power’s pre-existing conditions including diabetes, heart disease, old age and schizophrenia had resulted in her organs giving up.

Blackpool’s deputy coroner Christopher Beverley recorded a narrative verdict and included the injuries sustained in the fall, the heart attack, pneumonia and multiple organ failure as the cause of death.