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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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‘Bleed on brain’ led to Cumbrian pensioner's death

A pensioner died from an undetected brain haemorrhage after he fell in Carlisle, a coroner has ruled.

William Atkinson, of Wetheral, who was better known to friends and family by his middle name Norman, stumbled in Chiswick Street last October.

He was looked after by residents at the scene before being taken to the city’s Cumberland Infirmary.

Dr Katherine Allan told the inquest that, while having cuts to his head and hand, the 82-year-old did not show any of the signs which indicated a brain injury.

She said that such symptoms included: bruising around both eyes, bleeding from the eardrums, fluid discharge from the ears or nose, bruising behind the ears, vomiting and amnesia.

Dr Allan said: “Sometimes the bleeding is delayed or so small you can’t see any bleeding.”

Once Mr Atkinson’s wounds were treated he was discharged and sent home to Fir Trees in Wetheral where he went for a lie down.

However, later that evening his wife was unable to wake him and he was taken again to the hospital in an unconscious state.

Doctors consulted staff at the specialist brain injury unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and Mr Atkinson died later that night from a bleed on the brain which was classed as “non-survivable”.

Robert Chapman, assistant coroner for north and west Cumbria, gave a verdict of accidental death because it had followed a fall in the street.

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