AN elderly patient died after a hospital fall.
Ada Johnson fell and broke her pelvis in Sunderland Royal Hospital where she was being treated for stomach complaints.
An inquest was told doctors were giving the 88-year-old, of Grindon Lane, Thorney Close, fluids and were awaiting tests to determine whether she had diverticular disease – which affects the large intestine – when she fell, unwitnessed, on July 6 last year.
As a result of the fall, she became bed-bound and developed pneumonia.
Mum-of-three Mrs Johnson died on July 19.
Son Brian, 59, and wife Anne, 60, had cared for Mrs Johnson for around a year before her death.
She lived with the couple at their home at Lakeside Village, Silksworth.
Mr Johnson, a driver for building company James Burrell, said: “We were just upset that we cared for her at home for so long, and she went into hospital and never came home.
“We believe that she would have been with us still if it wasn’t for the fall.
“It is annoying that my wife took a career break to look after her and she was OK, then she went into hospital for something routine and died.”
An inquest found that the grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of 12, died of pneumonia, brought on by pelvic fractures and a coronary artery atheroma, which is narrowing of the artery.
Coroner Derek Winter recorded a verdict of accidental death.
A spokesman for Sunderland Royal Hospital said: “We acknowledge the coroner’s findings in this case and would once again like to offer condolences to Mrs Johnson’s family.”
Mrs Johnson, who suffered from dementia, was a cleaner at Springwell Dene School for 20 years before retiring at 60.
She was married to Edward who died 25 years ago aged 61 and lived in Grindon Lane.
Brian said: “My mam had dementia but we managed to care for her, she was just like any other old lady. We are upset at what happened.”
Verdict: accidental death