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Original article from the local paper, 27th July 1958, transcribed by Sally Crane

Fatal Fall

Woman, 94, broke leg in fall

How a 94 year old retired school teacher, who was partially blind, lay all night on the floor with a broken leg was related at a Wellingborough inquest last night.  After hearing the evidence, the East Northamptonshire Coroner,  Capt. J. S. Parker, recorded a verdict of accident death.

The inquest was on Mrs. Margaret Annie Gross, 65 Kettering Road, Burton Latimer, who died at Park Hospital, Wellingborough on Wednesday, following a fall at her home.

Medical evidence given by Dr. J. G. Wijeyesekera, senior house officer at the hospital showed that Mrs. Gross died as a result of acute heart failure, bronchial pneumonia, and a fractured femur.  She was admitted to the hospital on July 20 with a fractured left femur and bronchial pneumonia developed.

A Burton Latimer farmer, Mr. Frank Attfield, 103 Church Street, Burton Latimer, who gave evidence of identification, said Mrs. Gross was his aunt.  She lived alone and he visited her regularly every day.

Although she had lost one eye and her other eye was deteriorating, she managed to do her own work in the house and was very independent.

On July 18 he found his aunty barely conscious, collapsed on the floor.  As the evening paper was still in the door he gathered she had been lying there all night.

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