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Inquest prompts health warning to middle aged


WARNING Coroner for Mayo Patrick O'Connor.

Anton McNulty

A POST mortem into the death of a Westport man who fell in his home found he died as a result of a heart condition and not due to the fall.
Seán Joyce (67) of 1 Horkan’s Hill, Westport was discovered on the floor of his home by his niece on August 15, 2021 and died three days later in Mayo University Hospital.
Vera Kilgannon, the niece of the deceased told the inquest into his death that she found him on the floor inside his home after she went to check on him as he did not sound good on the phone.
Mr Kelly could not open the door for her and the emergency services had to arrive to gain access before he was brought to hospital.
Ms Kilgannon explained he could not recall what happened to him to make him fall but his feet were on the stairs with his head against the door.
Mr Kelly was admitted to Mayo University Hospital and was in ‘good form’ until he passed away on August 17. The post mortem into Mr Kelly’s death showed that he had bruises on his head, chest, hip and arm but there was no fractures to his skull of any other part of his body.
Dr Tamas Nemeth, Consultant Pathologist, said that in his opinion the cause of death was due to heart failure due to ischaemic heart disease due to coronary sclerosis with portal vein thrombosis a significant contributing factor.
Dr Nemeth confirmed that there was no evidence that the fall contributed to his death.
Mr Patrick O’Connor, coroner for the district of Mayo, said the purpose of the inquest was to determine if the fall contributed to the death. He recorded a verdict of death due to natural causes and extended his sympathy to his family and commended Ms Kilgannon for looking out for her uncle. Ms Kilgannon also wished to thank all the emergency services who assisted her uncle at his home after the fall.

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