Man, 34, died from severe injuries after numerous falls in his Weston home
PUBLISHED: 07:33 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:07 20 November 2017
The father of a Weston-super-Mare man who ‘touched the lives of everyone he met’ has praised two hospitals for trying to save his son who suffered a broken neck and back after a number of falls at home.
An inquest into the death of 34-year-old Richard Haynes was held at Avon Coroner’s Court, in Flax Bourton, last week.
Richard Haynes was described as a friendly man who survived ‘against all odds’ after being born with severe learning difficulties.
The inquest heard how Mr Haynes, who received full-time care, was left paralysed after falling multiple times at his home in Exeter Road in Weston.
He died in February after a fall in his home, but his father, Martin Haynes, praised medical staff at Weston General Hospital and Southmead Hospital in Bristol for their efforts in trying to save him.
Martin Haynes said: “The care he received at Weston and Southmead was outstanding and nothing was too much trouble.
“Richard was born in 1983 and against all the odds he survived to grow up in a loving family.
“Richard could often be seen walking around Weston with his carers and he loved the carnival and Christmas. He touched the lives of everyone he met.”
Paramedics were first called to the house on February 12 after he fell in the bathroom.
One of his carers, Paul Fear, said he heard a ‘thump’ and went to find Mr Haynes lying face down on the floor.
Mr Fear said: “I helped him up and he was walking unaided. He fell again and fell to his hands and knees but would not get up.”
Mr Haynes was taken to Weston General Hospital and kept in overnight for observation before being discharged the following day on February 13.
However in the early hours of February 15, Mr Haynes fell out of bed twice, was unable to move, could not hold his head up and had problems breathing – he was taken to Southmead Hospital.
Neurologist Mr Mohamed told the inquest: “He had very severe and significant injuries – he had a broken neck and spinal cord, his ribs were fractured and his right lung had collapsed. His injuries were so severe he had been left paralysed and surgery would not reverse it.”
His family decided to give him palliative care and he died on February 17 from his injuries.