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Family of Stafford pensioner could not be traced, inquest told

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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AN ELDERLY Stafford woman died of a blood clot on her lung two months after surgery to repair a broken hip, and inquest heard.

Nellie Pidgeon, aged 81, of Alliance Street, Stafford, was taken to hospital on December 13 last year after falling at home and breaking her hip.

She was operated on the next day, and remained in hospital recovering for a month.

The inquest heard that Mrs Pidgeon struggled to regain her mobility after the surgery because of a long-standing problem with swelling in her ankles and calves.

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She was treated with blood thinning medication and given physiotherapy and, once she was able to walk using a frame, she was discharged to Rowley House nursing home, in Rowley Avenue.

She collapsed and died there on February 20, and a pathologist found she had suffered a pulmonary embolism.

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh said blood clots were a recognised complication from hip surgery, though it was unusual for them to occur so long after an operation. He concluded that Mrs Pidgeon’s death was accidental.

He said it had not been possible to trace any members of Mrs Pidgeon’s family, but added: “I would like to convey my sympathies to anyone who may have known her.”

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