Elderly woman who was afraid of hospitals dies after fall

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An elderly woman who was afraid of doctors and hospitals died from an infected leg after suffering a fall at home.

Mrs Jean Hodgson (88) fell down the stairs of her home at The Spinney, Ightenhill, on August 7th, but at first refused to go to hospital.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard a statement from Mrs Hodgson’s daughter, Susan Nadin, who said that her mother had had a lifelong fear of doctors and never took medication.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor heard that a district nurse and a GP who visited Mrs Hodgson at home tried to persuade her to go to hospital, but she initially refused.

She eventually visited the Royal Blackburn Hospital where her cut shin was dressed and she was sent home with antibiotics.

However, Mrs Hodgson’s condition deteriorated and she was taken back to hospital where she sadly died on August 25th.

A post-mortem examination found that Mrs Hodgson had died from biliary sepsis as a result of an infected leg wound.

Coroner Mr Taylor recorded a conclusion of accidental death.