Exmouth pensioner died after falling from chair, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2018

County Hall. Ref exe 04-17 5942. Picture: Terry Ife

County Hall. Ref exe 04-17 5942. Picture: Terry Ife

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A pensioner died from a blood clot to the brain after falling at a care home, an inquest heard.

John Orr, 83, had been staying at Linksway Nursing Home, in Douglas Avenue, Exmouth, when he fell from his chair on April 19, 2017.

He sustained injuries to his head and arm as a result and was admitted to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Scans revealed that the retired long-distance lorry driver had a bilateral subdural haematoma, which meant blood had collected between his brain and skull.

The inquest, at County Hall, Exeter, heard Mr Orr was discharged to the care home, where he was bed-bound and died on May 3.

His GP confirmed the cause of death was bilateral subdural haematoma.

Assistant coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon Louisa Nicholson recorded a conclusion of an accidental death.

She said: “I am satisfied that Mr Orr fell from his chair at 4.30pm on April 19, 2017. As a consequence, he suffered a bilateral subdural haematoma and passed away at Linksway Nursing Home on May 3, 2017.”

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