A PENSIONER who died shortly after eating a cheese sandwich had a longterm problem swallowing, an inquest heard.
Anthony Taylor was a former smoker who was also diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
He was admitted to Stafford Hospital in August last year with shortness of breath, wheezing and difficulty swallowing.
After testing there was no clear diagnosis of his condition and he was discharged to his home in Billington Lane, Derrington.
His wife told the inquest at Cannock Coroner’s Court he had eaten a cheese sandwich when he got home before starting to fit and vomit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh gave the cause of death as broncho pneumonia, idiopathic dysphasia and COPD. He concluded Mr Taylor died of natural causes.
He said the 68-year-old had a longterm swallowing problem, the cause of which was unknown.
“The main cause of death here is aspirational bronchopneumonia, when substances that should go into the stomach come