Suffering OAP stabbed himself
ASERIOUSLY ill man was in so much pain he stabbed himself in a bid to end his life, an inquest heard.
Ronald Kendall, 78, battled Crohn’s disease and other illnesses bravely and stoically, his devoted widow Norma told the hearing.
But after developing a urinary tract infection the retired town planner became ‘very confused’.
On August 1 last year while battling severe pain and sleep deprivation Mr Kendall stabbed himself in the chest.
He then called his wife to his bedside to explain his actions.
In a statement read out in court Mrs Kendall said she was woken by her husband calling on the intercom system at 7am.
She said: “He was on the bed with blood around his chest area.
“I couldn’t see where it was coming from.
“I asked ‘have you had a nose bleed?’ but he said ‘no, I have killed myself’.
“He said he didn’t want me to just find him. He said he wanted to speak to me before he died.”
She described her husband as being in a lot of pain, struggling to sleep with very sore skin.
She added: “Despite all of this he rarely complained and didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him.” Mr Kendall was rushed from their home on Lark Hall Close, Macclesfield, to Wythenshawe Hospital where he died the following day.
Recording a conclusion of misadventure, assistant coroner Elaine Napier said he had intended suicide but his mind was unbalanced.
She said: “It is clear that Ronald was a very brave man who had various medical problems.
“He was described by his wife Norma as very stoic.
“He endured a great amount of pain and discomfort but never had a history of depression or that he may harm himself.
“He got to the point that it was the action he had to take.
“He was likely to have been more confused at that time. It was a purposeful act but he did not intend for the final consequence.”
The inquest at Macclesfield Town Hall heard that in July last year Mr Kendall’s health was deteriorating.
Dr Gillian Berger from South Park GP surgery said that someone with a urinary infection often did not think clearly and could be confused.
An autopsy found Mr Kendall, a grandfather, died of bronchial pneumonia due to restrictive chest disease caused by advanced ankylosing spondylitis, with a contributory factor of a penetrating chest injury.
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