A 101-year-old woman passed away after her care worker forcefully swung her out of the bed, breaking both of her legs.
Emily Sims was living at Antron Mano Care Home and was becoming fragile.
However, a coroner heard that care worker Beryl Allen, who has since passed away of natural causes, was rough with the 101-year-old woman and even forcefully swung her out of the bed.
It was concluded that Mrs. Sims’s death came as a result of Mrs. Allen’s actions.
The hearing was held by Assistant Cornwall coroner Guy Davies. During the hearing, Mrs. Sims’s niece, 80-year-old Sheila Handley, played the video footage on an iPad.
The footage, which shows Mrs. Sims visibly in pain, was filmed after she was admitted to the trauma ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
She could be seen telling her niece that the care worker grabbed her by the ankles and swung her out of the bed to the floor, causing severe injuries.
“She ought not be a carer – she’s too heavy handed,” said Mrs. Sims.
Mrs. Handley brought the video to police, who conducted an interview with Mrs. Sims. She mentioned the allegations, which she also repeated when doctors had arrived.
Speaking about Mrs. Allen, she said to paramedics: “It’s that one there, she’s too rough with me, she pulls me around.”
Cops then interviewed Mrs. Allen and she said that the allegations were not true. She said that she entered Mrs. Sims’ room, took her arms and helped her sit right up.
She then turned around to get a turntable but was surprised to see Mrs. Sims had slipped to the floor.
Mrs. Allen also denied she had rushed the process and denied grabbing Mrs. Sims by the ankles and forcefully swinging her out of bed.
After the results of a post mortem, the carer was interviewed again but she refused to answer questions of police.
DC Simon Rafferty said the police had reviewed the case and came up with the decision not to present it to the Crown Prosecution Service.
A forensic pathologist, Dr. Deborah Cook, said that the bilateral spiral fractures the elderly woman received to her right and left thigh bones were not consisted with a simple mechanical fall as described by the carer.
Unfortunately, a perforated duodenal ulcer developed which led to her death.
In addition, Dr. Cook felt the injuries were more likely sustained by rational force.
Dr. Iain Gibb, a forensic radiologist, also agreed that the injuries fitted with Mrs. Sims’s claims.
Mr. Davis said: “The medical evidence clearly supports Emily’s account.
“Both medical experts agreed that her injuries were consistent with the account given by Emily but not by Mrs Allen.
“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.”
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