Road crash caused Bradford man's death 21 years later

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: (7498956) (7498956)

A BRADFORD man paralysed in a road accident on his way to a strawberry-picking job, died from an infection 21 years later, an inquest heard.

Christopher Morrow was 36 when he was left severely injured by the crash which was caused by an on-coming car hitting a large puddle as it rounded a bend on the A16 in Lincolnshire and careering into the van he was a passenger in.

Mr Morrow spent months being treated at a specialist spinal unit in Sheffield but he was left disabled and as his health declined, he suffered a leg fracture in an accident while sitting cross-legged and contracting MRSA, the inquest in Bradford was told today.

In 1997 he was diagnosed diabetic and developed vascular problems which resulted in him having both legs amputated below the knee.

Mr Morrow and his wife Angela, who was his carer, moved to Bradford that year, where his condition worsened even more over time with pressure sores and ulcers.

He had more treatment at Sheffield but eventually was discharged for palliative care - on June 2 this year his wife found him at home in Kings Road, Bradford, breathing but not concious.

She called an ambulance but he was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Assistant Bradford Coroner Dr Dominic Bell recorded a narrative verdict that "Christopher Morrow died aged 57 from complications of a road traffic accident in 1993 in which he sustained quadriplegia.

"Subsequent to the accident he suffered a series of complications, which included ulceration and eventually died from sepsis."

The cause of death was accepted as sepsis due to pressure ulcers.

Dr Bell passed on his admiration to Mr Morrow's widow for being her husband's carer over such a long time, saying: "It is one heartening aspect of a very sad case."

The couple had met in Bradford, Mr Morrow's home city, in 1985 and only got married in 2014.

No criminal proceedings ever took place regarding the collision and a police file was destroyed long ago, the inquest was told but Mrs Morrow had been able to help give some details.

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