An 89-year-old, who ‘stubbornly’ refused to let doctors examine her, probably died from hypothermia, an inquest heard.
Eva Henshaw was found by her carer having fallen out of bed at her Drummond Road home on January 11.
She was taken to Royal Derby Hospital where she died the following day with her family, including daughter Kathryn Morton, at her side.
A post mortem revealed she had suffered effects of hypothermia.
Part of a statement by Mrs Morton, who was present at Derby Coroners Court on Thursday was read out: “She wanted to die in her own home. She could be very stubborn even to the end.”
Widow Mrs Henshaw had been suffering with a sickness bug for a number of weeks.
Assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless gave a verdict of natural causes, saying, “More likely than not Mrs Henshaw’s death was due to natural causes. This chimes with what this loving family suggest, that she was nearing the end.”