Sheffield pub punch death inquest resumes

droppedCL'Kamlesh Ruparelia - died after being assaulted in the White Rise Pub in Handsworth - Oct 2010
droppedCL'Kamlesh Ruparelia - died after being assaulted in the White Rise Pub in Handsworth - Oct 2010
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Relatives have raised questions over the hospital care offered to a takeaway owner who died after being punched in a Sheffield pub.

Kamlesh Ruparelia, aged 55, died three days after he was hit in the White Rose pub, Handsworth.

His son Nikhil Ruparelia claims he was left to change his father alone and mop up his bleeding face hours after he was admitted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Nikhil Ruparelia, aged 25, gave evidence as the inquest into Mr Ruparelia’s death resumed at Sheffield’s Medico Legal Centre.

In January witnesses gave evidence about what happened in the pub in October 2010, including Kieron Alexander Berresford, 38, of Darnall, who threw the punch in the bar.

He was charged with manslaughter but the case was later dropped.

Coroner Christopher Dorries will hear from family members who spent time with Mr Ruparelia in the three days between the blow and his life support machine being switched off.

Nikhil, of Gleadless Town End, said: “I had to clean him up and change him in a toilet cubicle. His nose was bleeding and he kept trying to wipe it away.”

It took two-and-a-half hours for Mr Ruparelia to be seen by a doctor after arriving at hospital.

He was diagnosed with a skull fracture and bleeds after a CT scan.

Medical observations carried out in the early hours of the morning described Mr Ruparelia as having a ‘reasonably normal level of consciousness’, which his relatives disputed.

Nikhil said: “He was dazed and confused. He wanted to go to sleep but then he’d wake saying he wanted paracetamols.”

Dr Sherriff Adewumni, the first doctor to see Mr Ruparelia, arranged for the patient to be moved to a ward and observed for signs of deterioration.

But no one contacted on-call neurosurgeons at Royal Hallamshire Hospital when his rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale – used to measure the seriousness of a head injury – dropped.

Dr Adewumni said: “I would have expected nurses to inform me if his score changed and I would have reassessed the patient and contacted a senior.

“I’d expect them to know because this happens all the time. It’s basic care.”

The hearing continues today.