Friday, 25 June 2021

Pensioner died after fall while shopping

A WOMAN from Henley died after she fell over during a shopping trip, an inquest heard.

Marjorie Stringer, 93, of Wargrave Road, was said to have banged her head while in High Wycombe on September 30.

Reading Coroner’s Court heard that eyewitnesses described her hitting her head after tripping over her walking stick.

Mrs Stringer, who had suffered a series of falls in the past, was taken by ambulance to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, where medical staff kept her under observation for the rest of the day before allowing her to return home.

However, on October 26, she was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading after becoming unwell.

A CT scan revealed that she had bleeding on the left side of the brain and she died on November 5.

A post-mortem examination concluded that she died as a result of subdural and subarachnoid haemorrhages. Mrs Stringer is the mother former Sony chief executive Sir Howard Stringer, who did not attend the inquest on Tuesday.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said that it was mostly likely Mrs Stringer’s fall had caused her brain injury but even if she had shown signs of a bleed during her initial hospital admission surgery would not have been appropriate.

Sir Howard, 71, moved to America in 1965 and 40 years later became the first foreigner to lead Sony. He was went on to become chairman in 2012.

A donations fund set up after his mother died raised £14,467 for the RAF Association. Singer Tony Bennett donated £1,000 and Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil gave £5,000.

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