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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