Mini stroke heralded decline, inquest told

A PENSIONER died after suffering a massive bleed on the brain following a fall, an inquest has heard.

Pamela Olby had been in relatively good health and rarely visited her doctor, but her condition deteriorated after suffering from a Transient Ischemic Attack (mini stroke) in May last year.

The 88-year-old, who lived in a warden-controlled flat in St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne, had several falls before her death, including one in December 2010 in which she fractured her hip.

The inquest at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court heard how Mrs Olby had also had a fall days before her death

An ambulance had been called to her property in the early hours of August 14 but her estate manager and other residents had not been aware of this at the time.

When paramedics arrived she got up from the floor and told them she had stumbled and fallen.

Later that afternoon Mrs Olby was found on the floor after the meals and wheels delivery person could not get into her flat.

She was taken to Eastbourne DGH with a head injury and had begun to deteriorate in hospital, dying the next day.

Ken Taylor, estate manager of the residential court where Mrs Olby lived, said she had been very active, but since the fall which had caused damage to her hip she had deteriorated physically.

Mr Taylor said he first became concerned in July 2011 when he buzzed her on the intercom and she didn’t seem to be coherent.

Mrs Olby’s son told the inquest how his mother seemed to begin to deteriorate a month before her death.

He added, “She had been saying she had been confused.

“We had her down and she wasn’t her normal mental self.

“She had said on the phone she wanted to come down with me and go into a residential home.”

Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of accidental death.