Broken neck did not lead to death
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.