A TRAGIC 101-year-old widow died after a care worker swung her out of bed and broke both her legs, an inquest heard.
Retired cleaner Emily Sims was a resident at a care home in Mabe, near Penryn, Cornwall and was becoming increasingly fragile in her old age.
But a coroner heard care worker Beryl Allen, who has since died of natural causes, was rough with Emily and forcefully swung her out of bed – causing catastrophic injuries.
An inquest concluded that Emily’s death came as a direct result of the actions of the care-worker at Antron Manor Care Home.
Assistant Cornwall coroner Guy Davies led the hearing which saw video footage of Emily filmed on an iPad by her 80-year-old niece, Sheila Handley.
The video was filmed after she was admitted to the trauma ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and shows the elderly woman visibly in discomfort.
She could be seen telling her niece that Mrs Allen had grabbed her by the ankles and swung her around leading her to fall off the bed.
Emily said: “She ought not be a carer – she’s too heavy handed.”
Mrs Handley took the footage to police who then conducted a bedside interview with Emily.
It’s that one there, she’s too rough with me, she pulls me around.
Emily to paramedics
The frail woman had also told paramedics: “It’s that one there, she’s too rough with me, she pulls me around.”
Police then interviewed Mrs Allen who told them that Emily’s allegation was not true.
She claimed the 101-year-old had slipped to the floor after she sat her up in bed.
After a post mortem, Mrs Allen was interviewed again but refused to answer police questions.
DC Simon Rafferty told the inquest that police had reviewed the case twice and decided not to present it to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The results of two medical experts supported Emily’s claims.
Dr Deborah Cook, a forensic pathologist, said that the fractures Emily received to her left and right thigh bones after she fell to the floor were not consistent with a simple fall.
The stress of the fractures caused a perforated ulcer which led to her death on November 1, 2017.
Forensic radiologist, Dr Iain E Gibb, agreed that the injuries were not consistent with the care worker’s account but fitted with Emily’s claims.
She got people out of bed far too quickly. In the time I would have woken two residents up, Beryl may have done up to ten.
Carer at Antron Manor
The inquest also heard evidence from care workers at Antron Manor, one of whom said of Mrs Allen: “She got people out of bed far too quickly.
“In the time I would have woken two residents up, Beryl may have done up to ten.”
Mr Davies said: “It was more than a simple error of judgement – it was a deliberate act and gross failure. She was manhandled out of bed.
“Emily died from complications from fractures sustained when she was held by the ankles and swung out of bed.
“Whilst she had a frailty of health, it is clear there was neglect by the manner in which she was moved by the night carer which was more than likely to cause injury.”
Niece Sheila Handley, 79, from Gweek, Cornwall, said: “She was quite a modern woman, especially considering her age. She would get her hair done every week.
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“She was a gutsy person and she spoke her mind as most East enders do. She had a husband who she adored, Frank, but he died some time ago.
“She will be missed by us, she was a remarkable woman.
“I was very pleased with the hearing and the way it came out.”
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