Fall at home led to death of woman, 100

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 February 2015

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.


A 100-year-old woman from Budleigh Salterton died from complications following a fall, an inquest has heard.

Marjorie Motler, who was born on May 28, 1914, was a resident of Abbeyfield Shandford residential care home.

The inquest, at County Hall in Exeter, heard that Mrs Motler was an independently-minded woman, but was prone to falling.

At around 10.55am on July 14 last year, Mrs Motler was found on the floor of her room, complaining of pain in her hip, and an ambulance was called. Doctors at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital diagnosed a neck femur fracture and operated to fit a hip screw.

Her initial recovery was uneventful, but she developed signs of heart failure, and a pulmonary oedema was found. She deteriorated, and died on July 21.

The Coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, Dr Elizabeth Earland, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

Speaking after the inquest, Mrs Motler’s son, Christopher Motler, said the care she had received in hospital had been ‘second to none’, and also praised the care at Abbeyfield Shandford, which he said he would ‘recommend to anybody’.

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