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Nursing home fall led to death

Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00

Dr Jean O'Sullivan (second
from left) yesterday
leaving the inquest into the
death of Thomas Brennan
(79) at Tallaght Hospital in
Dublin
Dr Jean O'Sullivan (second from left) yesterday leaving the inquest into the death of Thomas Brennan (79) at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin
John O'Connell, acting CEO, leaving the inquest yesterday, where a row erupted

A 90-year-old man who was moved into the nursing home where his wife was a resident because they were pining for each other died after climbing out of bed and hitting his head.

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The death of the former manager of the Meath Hospital following a fall was accelerated by a stroke, a coroner ruled yesterday. John Colfer of Mount Merrion, Dublin, died at St Vincent's Hospital on April 25 after the fall 12 days earlier at Cairnhill Nursing Home in Foxrock, Dublin.

An inquest heard that he either fell climbing out of the bed or immediately after he had got out. A post mortem showed that he had suffered an intracerebral haemorrhage.

Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said: "One is inclined to feel there was a developing stroke and that had caused Mr Colfer's agitation."

Irish Independent

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