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Crash victim died after refusing A&E treatment at Bradford Royal Infirmary
5:50am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A woman’s death could have been avoided if she had not refused hospital treatment following a car accident, a coroner said.
Gurdeep Kaur died at home two days after the crash in January.
The 33-year-old had been a passenger in her partner’s Citroen Saxo when he swerved on to the wrong side of the road to avoid a parked car. The side of the Saxo was hit by a Toyota Landcruiser travelling the opposite way.
The Saxo driver, Robert Crabtree, said he had only seen the car at the last minute as he drove along Bolton Road, Bradford, at 4.40pm on Friday, January 25. Miss Kaur refused a ‘gold standard’ CT scan three times at BRI, consultant Peter Bradley said.
“Had she allowed us to do the scan, we would have picked up on the injuries,” he said.
They included a torn diaphragm and part of her bowel had shifted into the left chest cavity, and her left lung had collapsed. Her existing pulmonary emphysema could have added to breathing difficulties.
Miss Kaur left hospital on Saturday morning with Mr Crabtree, by taxi. He said she was in a lot of pain, but the taxi driver could not take them back to the hospital once they had returned to their home in Peel Court, Bradford, because of thick snow.
The court heard the Miss Kaur’s cause of death was a combination of blunt force abdominal and pelvic injuries and a mixture of drugs, including morphine and methadone, found in her system. Her pre-existing lung condition contributed, acting Bradford coroner Roger Whittaker said. He recorded a verdict of accidental death, with a self neglect as a contributory factor.