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Elderly woman died after fall at home in Bury St Edmunds

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds

An 80-year-old woman died suddenly while recovering from surgery after a fall at her Bury St Edmunds home, an inquest has heard.

Brenda Chapman fell inside her home in Queens Road on the morning of October 28.

She was discovered about an hour later and taken to the West Suffolk Hospital where she underwent surgery to repair a fractured hip.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean told today’s inquest at Bury that Mrs Chapman, a widow, appeared to be recovering normally after the operation until November 2 when her condition deteriorated and she died.

The cause of death was given as frailty and a chest infection following an operation against a background of congestive obstructive disorder and lung cancer, said Dr Dean.

He recorded a narrative conclusion that Mrs Chapman died as a result of complications following a fall and preexisting medical conditions.


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