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Fall death of elderly Chorleywood woman Constance Phipps was an accident, coroner rules
An elderly artist is believed to have fallen over and fractured her vertebrae while watering plants on her windowsill, a coroner's court heard today.
Constance Phipps, 92, was found by her son, Michael Phipps, on July 15 at around 7.30pm on the kitchen floor of her home in Whitelands Avenue, Chorleywood.
The inquest heard that the pensioner was found vomiting and short of breath. Mr Phipps also noted that her kitchen stool was in a different position to where it normally is and the windowsill plant pots had fallen down.
Emergency services were called and Mrs Phipps was taken to Watford General Hospital where she went into cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived.
The post mortem reports showed that the deceased’s vertebrae had been fractured which had caused internal haemorrhaging.
Due to the circumstances in which Mrs Phipps was found and the fact that the post mortem showed no signs of external injuries, coroner Alison Grief said she believes Mrs Phipps fell, which was what fractured her vertebrae.
Speaking after the inquest, Mr Phipps said: "She always said she wanted to outlive my father in age, who died when he was 91. She was quite a character."
Coroner Alison Grief recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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