Inquest concludes Bradfield Combust headteacher died after falling from horse

Lesley Farrow
Lesley Farrow

A mother-of-two from Bradfield Combust died after falling from her horse, an inquest has heard.

Lesley Farrow, 47, suffered multiple rib fractures in her fall last month, one of which inflicted an injury to her heart.

Despite the efforts of a team of doctors and a specialist surgeon who was called in from Cambridge, Mrs Farrow died less than three hours after being taken to the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

The mother-of-two fell from her horse in a paddock beside her home at Bradfield Combust, near Bury, on July 11.

An inquest at Bury heard today that the fall happened as Mrs Farrow’s horse, which had been ‘playing up’, saw a pony and ran towards it.

In a statement, Mrs Farrow’s husband Tim said he was on the scene within seconds of being alerted by his daughter and, after realising his wife was seriously injured, called for an ambulance.

Medical staff at West Suffolk Hospital gave Mrs Farrow blood transfusions and had to restart her heart on a number of occasions before she underwent emergency surgery.

It had been decided that Mrs Farrow would have been unable to survive being transferred to a specialist centre for treatment.

Deputy Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said Mrs Farrow suffered repeated cardiac arrests in the operating theatre and after 30 minutes of attempting to revive her surgeons declared her dead.

Dr Sharpstone recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

At the time of her death Mrs Farrow had been headteacher at Woodhall Community Primary School in Sudbury.

She had previously been headteacher at the former All Saints’ Middle School in Sudbury and, until last September, at Clements Primary School in Haverhill.