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We want answers over dad's death after all-clear
A FAMILY are demanding answers after their elderly father died of a head injury, just hours after being given the all clear by ambulance crews.
William Dowding, 81, is believed to have suffered the injury after he fell over a slipper in the hall of his Basildon home in the early hours of June 25 last year.
He was checked over by crews who decided he did not need to attend hospital.
However an inquest at County hall, Chelmsford yesterday heard he died a day later after suffering a bleed on the brain.
Mr Dowding’s family are demanding to know if delays in getting him medical treatment contributed to his death.
The inquest heard that Mr Lacey went to his father-in-law’s home after being told by Careline operators he had suffered a fall.
Mr Lacey told coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray that he waited with Mr Dowding as he lay on the floor, for almost an hour before ambulance crews arrived.
Mr Dowding was checked over but was assured he did not need hospital treatment.
Mr Lacey told the inquest he called his father-in-law’s GP because he was still concerned.
Within a few hours Mr Dowding began vomiting and complaining of blurred vision and when the GP arrived dialled 999.
The pensioner was taken to Basildon Hospital where doctors discovered a bleed on his brain.
But despite consulting experts at Romford and their best efforts at treatment, he died the next day.
Doctor Ian Calder, the pathologist who carried out Mr Dowding’s post mortem, found he died of pulmonary edema, due to raised intercranial pressure.
He added that Mr Dowding’s age would probably have meant doctors would have struggled to isolate and operate on the head injury.
Joe Sweetland, East of England Ambulance Service emergency care assistant who attended the fall told the inquest he discovered a small lump on the back of Mr Dowding’s head but could not be sure whether it had been caused by the fall.
The inquest is due to hear from Mr Sweetland’s colleague and lead paramedic today.
The inquest continues.