A tragic story was told at an inquest at the Rushden Police Station on Monday during an inquiry into the death of Mrs Maggie Parker, the 57-year-old Rushden woman who died less than an hour after being discharged from Northampton general Hospital on Friday.
Dr. O. A. J. N. Muriset said that Mrs. Parker, who he had attended for several years for heart trouble, fell over on January 5 on the ice in her backyard and fractured her left humorous. She was taken to Northampton General Hospital where it was set and put it a special splint. She was permitted to come home on the afternoon of the 13th. After she got home she fainted and he was sent for at 3.30. He was out and did not see her until five. Dr Lean had seen her. She was dead.
"A clot from the site of the fracture became loose and circulated in her blood, went to her heart and got into the pulmonary artery causing death," said the doctor.
"It is liable to happen after any accident, unfortunately," said the doctor. There was no reason why she should not have been discharged from hospital."
A shoehand, George Parker, 88, Park-road, Rushden, husband of Mrs. Parker, said : "I was in the yard at the back of the house with my wife on January 5, when she slipped over on the ice. I got her into the house with assistance," said Mr. Parker. He phoned for the doctor a quarter of an hour later. She went to hospital at one o'clock.
"I Am Going To Die"
On Friday he was told he could fetch her from Northampton. She was brought by car and said she did not feel well before leaving hospital.
When she arrived home she was put on the couch in the living room. She said she felt as if she was going to faint.
"About two minutes after having a drink of water she said she was going to die," said witness.
Mr J S Parker, East Northants deputy Coroner, giving his evidence, said: "I find that the deceased died as a result of injuries which she received falling down outside her house on January 5, and that such injuries were accidentally received.”
The funeral took place at the Rushden cemetery on Tuesday.
A service in the cemetery chapel was conducted by the curate of St Mary’s Parish Church, the Rev R H Conway. Mrs Parker was formerly a worshipper at the parish Church.
The mourners were Mr G Parker and Mrs E Mawson (husband and daughter), Mr and Mrs G Parker, Irchester (son and daughter-in-law), Mr and Mrs A Parker (son and daughter-in-law), Mr and Mrs H B Parker, Wymington (son and daughter-in-law), Mrs Harriet Dickens, Wellingborough, Mrs E Meadows, Wellingborough, Mrs J Flawn, London and Mrs L Hawkins, Wellingborough (sisters), Mr Fred Cox, Wellingborough, Mr Wm Cox, Wellingborough (brothers), Mr E Mawson and Mr J Flawn (sons-in-law), Mr H Knibbs, Wellingborough (father-in-law) and Mrs F Mawson, Higham Ferrers.
Mr E Thomas, of Aberdare, and Mr K Luther, of South Shields, who were staying at Mrs Parker’s home, were also present.
[A list of wreaths follows]