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Stairs fall may have caused death of Skipton woman, 89
7:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
An 89-year-old woman, described as a “wonderful neighbour” probably died after falling down stairs at her home in Clitheroe Street, Skipton, an inquest heard.
Jean Walsh was discovered lying in the hallway, in a twisted position, by her neighbour who managed to get into her terraced home through the back door.
North Yorkshire western area coroner Rob Turnbull said a post mortem revealed Mrs Walsh had suffered a fractured spine which was inoperable.
He recorded she had died of an accident.
He heard that her balance was not good and that she had suffered falls in the night and needed a walking frame.
Her neighbour, Elizabeth Anderson, who visited her most days, said she rushed through the house and found her on her back at the foot of the stairs and assumed she had fallen because she was unsteady on her feet.
“She was a lovely lady very independent and determined,” she said.