A Blackpool man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after his wife tragically suffocated after suffering a fall at their home.
Tania Abram, 51, died at the home on Talbot Road, Blackpool, on January 9 after falling earlier that morning.
An inquest into her death at Blackpool Coroners’ Court has heard Mrs Abram was with her husband, Steven, when she fell at around 6.15am, and when he could not move her he “sought assistance”, before having to leave to go to work.
But when he returned from work later that day Mr Abram found his wife in a similar position to that which she had fallen in.
He rang for paramedics but she was pronounced dead.
It has not been made clear at this stage who Mr Abram had attempted to seek assistance from.
The 51-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has since been released on bail.
The court heard Mrs Abram suffered health problems including hypertension, or high blood pressure, and was clinically obese to the extent that she was being considered for gastric bypass surgery.
Alan Wilson, senior coroner for Blackpool and Fylde, said: “At 6.15am on January 9 she (Mrs Abram) was being given assistance by her husband.
“At some point she suffered a fall and Mr Abram sought assistance – he was her de facto carer.
“They had an exchange of words and he made his way to work.
“When he returned from work, having had no communication, he found his wife in a similar position to when he left for work, deceased.”
The Gazette understands the police investigation hinges on whether or not Mr Abram was negligent in his actions.
Police say the inquiry has had to be handled “sensitively”.
The investigation is expected to be completed within the next four weeks.
A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called at around 6.15pm.
The court heard that a provisional cause of death, found from a post mortem carried out by pathologist Dr Alison Armour, to be “positional asphyxia” – a fatal condition when a person cannot get enough air due to the body’s position.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Police were called by the ambulance service following a report of the sudden death of a woman.
“Officers attended the address and found the body.
“A post mortem examination established the cause of death as positional asphyxia.
“A 51-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been released on police bail.”
Neighbours today paid tribute to Mrs Abram and told of their shock to see so many emergency vehicles outside the home of a couple “who did everything together”.
Andrew Pasquill, 39, a nearby neighbour, said: “She was a really chatty neighbour, very friendly, and she’d look out for others, she was well known.
“We used to see her out and about but the last few months her health had got worse and she did find walking difficult.
“They did everything together.
“Paramedics have been there a few times when she’s had a fall, they’ve got inflatable equipment to use to get her up.
“There were ambulances, the fire brigade and police outside the house. It’s unbelievable what’s happened.”
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: “People are shocked by what’s happened.
“We’ve seen paramedics there before but never police.
“She was nice, a nice neighbour.”
The inquest was adjourned, to be heard in full in June, pending police inquiries.
The husband was released on police bail until February 20.