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Larkfield mum died from pneumonia after fall left her alone on bungalow floor all night

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An elderly mum died after contracting pneumonia, an inquest held at Maidstone's County Hall has heard.

Maureen Ford, 88, lived in Plover Road in Larkfield and had began to settle down for the night on July 9 in her bungalow.

After preparing to go to bed, the retired vending machine operator suffered a fall which X-rays later revealed had caused a fractured hip.

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Maureen, who was a widow, was visited by her daughter the following day.

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In a statement read out during proceedings, Sarah Ford said: "On July 10 I arrived at Mum's bungalow and noticed the curtains were still drawn.

"I straight away sensed something was wrong, so I called out to ask if she was okay as soon as I entered.

"She responded and told me she was okay, and said she fell as she was preparing to go to bed last night.

"I found her lying on the floor under a duvet."

Maureen told her daughter how she had tried to get up after falling, but simply couldn't.

She also explained how she tried to reach for her phone and also couldn't.

This had left her lying in the doorway of her Larkfield bungalow all night, and she was later taken to Pembury Hospital via ambulance.

Upon arrival, X-rays showed her chest appeared to be "patchy" and she was later treated for pneumonia.

Plover Road, Larkfield, where Maureen fell in her home

However, over the following days Maureen began to deteriorate according to medical staff, and the next of kin agreed to end her life support.

She died on July 16.

In his final concluding statement, assistant coroner Alan Blunsdon said: "It seems from evidence I have read that she had a fall on July 9 but wasn't discovered until July 10. She then developed pneumonia and later died.

"Maureen died as a result of an accident.

"The fall was the event which led to the chain of events that led to her death."

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