Bro­ken neck did not lead to death

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AN ASH­FORD wo­man who was sent home from hospi­tal with a bro­ken neck died from nat­u­ral causes, an inquest heard.

Kath­leen Sedg­wick, of Maun­sell Place, New­town, Ash­ford, died in July last year aged 69, af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke.

Her fam­ily were at Ash­ford Coro­ner’s Court last Thurs­day with con­cerns over her treat­ment prior to the stroke.

The inquest heard Mrs Sedg­wick had suf­fered a fall some weeks be­fore her death that left her with a frac­tured neck.

But her daugh­ter, Heather Lud­don, who gave ev­i­dence in court, re­vealed that the frac­ture was not picked up by doc­tors un­til four days af­ter an x-ray had been taken.

Mr Raj Shri­vas­tava, con­sul­tant or­thopaedic sur­geon at the William Har­vey Hospi­tal, said Mrs Sedg­wick’s in­jury had been “po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing” as it could have dam­aged her spinal cord.

The inquest also heard Mrs Sedg­wick was on med­i­ca­tion to stop blood clots from form­ing, which added to com­pli­ca­tions when she was due to un­dergo surgery to her neck.

A pathol­o­gist’s re­port re­vealed she had suf­fered from nar­row­ing of the ar­ter­ies in the brain which led to a se­ries of strokes.

Coro­ner Rachel Red­man said Mrs Sedg­wick “could have died at any time” and found the bro­ken neck not to be the cause of her death.

She recorded a ver­dict of death from nat­u­ral causes.

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