Family told fall did not cause OAP death

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RELATIVES of an Eckington woman have been assured her death in hospital did not result from a fall.

The family of Brenda Eyre, aged 76, told an inquest she had four falls in Chesterfield Hospital but staff told them about only one.

Information about other falls had come from fellow patients of Mrs Eyre during family visits to hospital.

But a post mortem examination by pathologist Dr Roger Start found no fall-related injuries contributing to her death on June 11.

Mrs Eyre, of West Street, Eckington, was admitted to hospital on May 26 with a history of two heart attacks, asthma, diabetes and weight loss.

Dr Start said hospital records showed she fell on June 1 and 5. Checks revealed no injuries, though she was later found to have a urinary tract infection.

“Her condition basically didn’t improve and she suddenly deteriorated,” Dr Start told the Chesterfield inquest.

“The most striking finding was the size of her heart. It was almost twice the size expected for someone of her height and build.”

Dr Start said Mrs Eyre had suffered sudden heart failure, most probably resulting from an abnormal rhythm or ‘quiver’ of the heart.

He added: “Resuscitation is difficult when the heart structure is abnormal.”

The cause of death was given as congestive cardiac failure, resulting from the irregular beat of an enlarged heart, with diabetes a contributory factor.

Deputy North Derbyshire Coroner Nigel Anderson recorded a death by natural causes verdict.