Enid Miller was unable to speak to relatives in hospital after suffering a fall and developing coronavirus on the ward (Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)
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A 100-year-old woman who was taken to hospital after suffering a fall developed coronavirus on the ward and died.
Enid Miller tested positive for Covid-19 six days after arriving on the ward and died from the virus one week later, an inquest heard.
The centenarian was found lying on the ground by her neighbour after she fell down a pair of steps at her home in Nantwich, Cheshire.
Her nephew Stuart Cope, who was unable to speak to his dying aunt, was initially told she had fractured her hip.
But doctors could not operate due to her age, Stoke on Trent Live reports.
Enid Miller had to be taken to hospital by a neighbour after suffering a fall outside her home where she had managed independently for 28 years
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Mrs Miller, who had lived independently for almost three decades, later developed coronavirus on the ward and died.
The inquest heard the elderly patient was unable to speak with relatives in her final moments at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
In a statement, Mr Cope said: "Her CT scan showed fractures and we were told they couldn’t operate.
“We couldn’t speak to her while she was in hospital and she tested positive for coronavirus on October 8. On October 15, she passed away.”
Nephew Stuart Cope said relatives were unable to speak with Mrs Miller in her final moments
Mrs Miller, who had lived alone since her husband’s death in 1992, was found on the ground outside her home on October 2.
Royal Stoke clinician Khalid Deeney told the inquest: "“The patient was put on a management plan but tested positive for Covid-19.
“She didn’t show improvement from there and a discussion was held with the family. A decision was then made to palliate her.”
North Staffordshire senior coroner Andrew Barkley found Mrs Miller died of coronavirus.
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He said: "I conclude Enid was living at home independently when she suffered a fall down two steps.
“She was found by a neighbour and taken to hospital where the CT scan showed she had a fracture.
“She developed coronavirus and it was clear it wasn’t possible to subject her to treatment.
"On a balance of probability Enid died of coronavirus at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.”