Eleanor fell and hit her head
An elderly Wexford woman died from major blood loss after most likely falling against a radiator in her bedroom, an inquest was told.
Eleanor Christina Conway (72), of Ard Carman, Wexford was found dead in bed by her husband Richard in the early hours of July 13.
Mr. Conway told the inquest before Coroner for Wexford, Dr. Sean Nixon, that he and his wife had been to a barbecue in a neighbour's house on the night of July 12 and arrived home at about 10.30 p.m.
He helped his wife upstairs to bed and returned to the kitchen where he sat in a chair watching television. He fell asleep and woke up at about 6 a.m. when he went upstairs to the bedroom.
His wife was lying on the bed and he noticed there was blood. He initially thought she was asleep but then realised she was deceased. He telephoned the ambulance service and the gardai.
Garda Richard Fitzpatrick, who arrived at the scene, said there was a large quantity of blood in the area of the deceased's head.
Garda Fitzpatrick told the inquest that doctor from the Caredoc Service said he observed no marks on the body and in his opinion the deceased had suffered an internal bleed.
Deputy State Pathologist Dr. Khalid Jabbar, who carried out a post-mortem examination, said he found a long laceration or cut in the centre of the forehead and in his opinion it should have been identified at the scene.
'If the head had been examined at the scene this should have been identified as the source of the bleed,' he said.
Dr. Jabbar said the cause of death was major blood loss from a laceration on the forehead with arteriosclerois a contributory factor.
The pathologist said Mrs. Conway could have fallen and hit herself on the edge of a radiator.
Dr. Jabbar said he found something unusual in the blood vessels that supply the brain, particularly the left cerebral artery which showed two separate arteries which joined together.
'It might shed some sort of light and explain in fact why she fell and hit herself and why she was bruised a lot on her left side,' he said.
Addressing Dr. Jabbar, Mr. Conway recalled that his wife had also fallen on the golf course a short time earlier.
Another family member said her balance had been unsteady and she had experienced a lot of vertigo.
Mr. Conway thanked Dr. Jabbar for his thorough report and also expressed the family's gratitude to the Gardai for the considerate way they had ha ndled the aftermath of his wife's death.
The Coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.
Dr. Nixon expressed sympathy to the Conway family.
Inspector Pat McDonald conveyed sympathy on behalf of the Garda Siochana in County Wexford.