Natural causes verdict for OAP

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A pensioner died from heart failure weeks after undergoing surgery on her skull, an inquest has heard.

Eleanor Riley, 87, of Stanley Street, died at Royal Derby Hospital on April 26. She had been admitted in March with heart problems but was found to have a subdural hemotoma – when blood collects between the brain and skull.

Pathologist Gerhardt Van Schalkwik told Derby Coroners Court on Tuesday that her heart disease was the cause of her death, not the effects of the surgery she underwent on her skull at Queen’s Medical Centre.

Deputy coroner Louise Pinder gave a verdict of natural causes.