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Retired engineer found collapsed at Beck Row home with hoodie tangled around his walker, inquest told

A retired engineer was found collapsed in the hallway of his home with his hoodie tangled around his walker, an inquest has heard.

Despite the efforts of carers and an ambulance crew, Raymond Donaldson could not be revived and he was declared dead.

The inquest today (Friday) at Suffolk Coroners Court in Ipswich heard that Mr Donaldson had been discovered by carers at his home in Aspal Hall Road, Beck Row, on October 1 last year.

Suffolk Coroner's Court.
Suffolk Coroner's Court.

American-born Mr Donaldson, 76, was found to have been suffering from a number of serious medical conditions and a post mortem examination showed he had significant heart problems.

Consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love recorded the cause of death as coronary artery disease, possible postural asphyxiation and a pancreatic abcess.

Senior Suffolk Coroner Nigel Parsley said: "This is not a very straightforward case. It is clear that Raymond was suffering from a very large number of very serious medical conditions, any number of which could have led to his death in its own right.

"However, when Raymond was found his hoodie was caught in his walker and it is possible that postural asphyxia may have contributed."

Mr Parsley recorded a conclusion that Mr Donaldson died as a result of natural causes.

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