Father dies after cleaning windows

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 13:34 29 November 2010

View of the Front of Weston General Hospital.

View of the Front of Weston General Hospital.

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AN 87-YEAR-OLD Weston man died after falling from a recycling box he stood on to clean his windows.

An inquest held at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court heard how Chau Lee, of Martindale Road, fell 12 inches from the box and sustained a serious injury to the back of his head on July 29.

His wife, Chi Mui Lee, had tried to stop him falling but she too was knocked to the ground as she was not strong enough to hold him up.

In a statement from his wife she said he only lost consciousness for a few seconds and said he felt okay but the family were concerned he had some memory loss.

Retired caterer, Mr Lee, who was originally from Hong Kong, said he had a slight pain on his head but did not wish to go to hospital.

After his eldest and youngest daughters insisted he get checked out he was later taken to Weston General Hospital.

A consultant at the accident and emergency department, Vincent Lambourne, said: “He had a swelling at the back of his head so we requested a CT scan. There was a slight delay due to the high volume of CT scans requested.”

Mr Lambourne said Mr Lee was not initially considered a candidate for emergency surgery and seemed okay while he was waiting until he heard him vomiting and retching and soon after he fell ‘deeply unconscious’.

Dr King, who is based at the Weston hospital, said: “There were no fractures but he had a massive bleed into and around the brain. His family was told that it was unlikely he would make a recovery.”

After being transferred to intensive care he died on July 30.

Coroner Maria Voisin recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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