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Natural causes verdict for Harry

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 25, 2013


Andrew Haigh - coroner

Andrew Haigh - coroner

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A PENSIONER who died a week after being involved in a road traffic collision suffered from a haemorrhage and high blood pressure, an inquest has heard.

Henry Deville, of Station Road, Stowe-by-Chartley, died on November 28 at Stafford Hospital, a week after being involved in a three-vehicle collision on the A518, between Uttoxeter and Loxley, on November 21.

The collision saw a blue Isuzu Trooper indicate to turn right into a farm, with a blue Audi A3 waiting behind it.

Mr Deville, who was fondly known as Harry, was driving a silver Vauxhall Astra which went into the back of the Audi, which in turn hit the Isuzu Trooper.

His inquest, held at Cannock Coroner’s Court, heard the 87-year-old was taken to Stafford Hospital with multiple lacerations due to the airbag deploying following the crash at 5.45pm.

Coroner’s officer Andrew Heathcote said that he was later discharged from hospital with minor injuries.

However, on November 24 he had a dizzy spell while at home and had a painful ankle.

He was taken back to hospital where doctors performed a procedure to manipulate his ankle and at first he was responsive following the surgery.

On November 26 Mr Deville became unresponsive to staff at the hospital and a CT scan revealed a large bleed on his brain.

He was considered for neurosurgery but the doctors decided he was too weak and it was discussed with his family for the decision for him not to be resuscitated.

Mr Deville died in the early hours of the following morning.

A post mortem revealed the bleed in his brain was the cause of his death.

In a statement to the inquest, Mr Deville’s son said he led a full and active life but he suffered from heart disease and in the later years his health had started to deteriorate, particularly in the last couple of months of his life.

His son said the ankle injury could have been the result of a fall rather than the car accident.

Pathologist Dr Terrance Hollingworth said Mr Deville’s injuries were persistent with the airbag deployment and someone who was wearing a seat belt and said in his opinion they were only minor injuries.

He said there was no damage to the brain which was considered to be from a traumatic incident.

Dr Hollingworth did find there was the presence of haemorrhaging in the temporal lobe which was consistent with a spontaneous bleed.

Mr Deville did have a history of high blood pressure which can cause strokes and the type of hypotension he died from.

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh recorded his death as being from natural causes due to intracerebral haemorrhage as the result of essential hypotension, which is high blood pressure.

Mr Haigh passed his sincere condolences to Mr Deville’s family.

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