Infection caused man’s death

Wyre Magistrates' Court, Fleetwood.
Wyre Magistrates' Court, Fleetwood.

A former heavy goods vehicle driver died from sepsis and other health issues which arose due a tragic accident at work 40 years before, an inquest heard.

Elvis Raymond Bailey, 75, of Blackthorn Close, Thornton, was left in a paraplegic condition after a heavy load of materials fell on him at a warehouse in Bury in late 1973.

His serious spinal injury left him without any function or sensation in his legs.

As a result of his lack of mobility in the lower limbs, Mr Bailey began to develop pressure sores on both hips in September last year which worsened quite quickly.

And despite efforts by his practice nurse and then a team of district nurses, he had to be transferred into hospital several times before his condition deteriorated.

The hearing at Fleetwood Magistrates Court (pictured) was told the infection to the sores occurred when he was also suffering from chronic kidney, heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.

Iraj Zeynali,locum consultant in vascular surgery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said that by April Mr Bailey’s health was such that he was now being treated with palliative, end-of-life care.

He said: “Mr Bailey was not in a fit state for vascular surgery.”

Mr Bailey died in on May 27 this year from sepsis, exacerbated by his other conditions.

Simon Jones, coroner for Preston and West Lancashire, recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Bailey died as a result of infected pressure sores which developed due to paraplegia resulting from the serious injury in 1973.