Mellor pensioner 'died from pneumonia' coroner says

First published in News

A WOMAN died from pneumonia several months after falling down the stairs and breaking her neck.

An inquest heard that Joan Towneley, 74, fell down stairs at her home in Mellor Lane, Mellor, in January, last year.

The fall broke her neck, rendering her tetraplegic, and she moved to The Hollies Nursing and Residential Home in Clayton-le-Moors.

Mrs Towneley was admitted to Royal Blackburn Hospital on December 9 last year, where she died a day later.

Pathologist Dr Richard Prescott said the cause of Mrs Towneley’s death was aspiration pneumonia, caused by the original fall.

Coroner Michael Singleton recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree