AN Italian staying in Eastbourne while he visited his daughter studying in the UK died after falling at the District General Hospital.
Bernado Di Giuseppe was at the DGH for a blood transfusion as part of ongoing cancer treatment on April 8 this year when he fell after walking 10 feet from his bed to the toilet.
An inquest into the 77-year-old’s death held last week heard Mr Di Giuseppe had been suffering from prostate cancer and that an autopsy also showed up tumour nodules elsewhere in his body, including the lungs and liver.
During Thursday’s inquest, DGH nurse Rose David said the pensioner had been given a full falls risk assessment and that, partly because he had walked in on his own, he was not considered to need extra help.
The fall took place in the early hours of April 9, at around 1.40am. He was found on the floor of the toilet and an hour later his health began deteriorating rapidly.
He stopped breathing at 6.40am that same morning, surrounded by his family, who had been called in by hospital staff.
The post mortem found the cause of death was injuries inflicted during the fall, including a massive subdural haematoma, or haemorrhage, around his brain.
And coroner Alan Craze, recording a verdict of accidental death, said the hospital was in no way to blame and staff had done all they could to assess the likelihood of Mr Di Giuseppe falling.