Grandad died after small knock to head visiting children in AmericaBy Jon Nurse
February 27, 2013
A grandfather died after a small knock to the head while visiting his grandchildren in America, an inquest heard.
Edward Court Fisher made regular visits to see his daughter-in-law, Karen, and her children in Washington after his son died three years ago, but he died in September when a minor knock is believed to have caused an inoperable bleed to the brain.
The inquest heard the 92-year-old widower, of Willow Court, Winnersh, got up in the night of Tuesday, September 25, and was heard to vomit.
He was found unconscious in the morning and was airlifted to St Joseph Medical Centre in Bellingham where he died later that day from bronchopneumonia brought on by the injury.
In a report read at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday, pathologist Dr Robert Chapman said he found no evidence of a slip or fall, but that the bleed could be caused by minimal trauma.
Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said: “I have little doubt in this case he suffered some kind of trauma leaving no external wounds, but also sufficient to cause the bleed to the brain.
“It’s not the first time pathologists have referred me to the fact minor trauma can cause such a bleed.”
Mr Bedford recorded an accidental verdict and offered his condolences to the family.