Tragedy as blood loss kills pen­sioner

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A MAN died from mas­sive blood loss caused by lung dis­ease, an in­quest heard.

David Hugh Ash­ton, 72, was be­ing treated at Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal for pneu­mo­nia in De­cem­ber last year.

But de­spite the ef­forts of doc­tors Mr Ash­ton’s con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated.

In a last ef­fort to help Mr Ash­ton sur­vive he was given a tra­cheotomy.

How­ever, doc­tors were un­aware of bleed­ing in his lower lungs and were un­able to save him.

At an in­quest at Mac­cles­field town hall, deputy coro­ner for Cheshire Dr Janet Napier con­cluded that Mr Ash­ton, of Stir­ling Close, Up­ton Pri­ory, died from exsan­guina­tion, the med­i­cal term for blood loss, which came from the res­pi­ra­tory tract which was caused by lung dis­ease.

The in­quest heard that Mr Ash­ton was bright man whose promis­ing ca­reer as a teacher was cut short when he was di­ag­nosed with schizophre­nia.

He never worked again but spent his time with friends play­ing chess at a cafe on Ch­ester­gate.

The in­quest heard Mr Ash­ton smoked 20 cig­a­rettes a day for 30 years and was treated for chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD).

In her con­clu­sion Dr Napier said: “Mr Ash­ton was clearly a bright man who had coped well with his men­tal health prob­lems. It is a puz­zle where the bleed­ing came from but it as prob­a­bly low in his lungs.”

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