Fall down stairs led to pensioner’s death in hospital

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An inquest has heard how a retired Army officer died in hospital after falling down a flight of stairs at his home in Cavendish.

Gideon Erasmus, 88, of Peacocks Close, had been on his way to bed on December 8 when he leaned down to speak to his wife and fell.

On Tuesday, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds was told that Mr Erasmus had struck his head as he fell and landed awkwardly.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to West Suffolk Hospital where he was found to have broken his neck, fractured several ribs and suffered a collapsed lung.

Mr Erasmus spent 10 days in intensive care before being transferred to a ward and contracted two chest infections, recovering from one but was unable to recover from the second.

Assistant Suffolk coroner Yvonne Blake said the cause of death was given as pneumonia, fractures and dementia.

The coroner concluded that Mr Erasmus died as a result of injuries suffered in a fall at his home.