Heart problems and road crash caused death

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A MOTORCYCLIST who died after a road accident had heart problems which contributed to his death, an inquest heard.

A hearing into the death of Roger Farley was told the 71-year-old suffered multiple injuries to his upper body after he was involved in the accident last year.

But it was also revealed Mr Farley, from Linden Lea, in Fareham, suffered from atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat.

Mr Farley was a keen motorcyclist and on the day of his accident was riding on the A32, which links Gosport and Alton.

The inquest heard he was coming towards a staggered junction when his motorbike left the road and crashed into the nearby bank.

Mr Farley was thrown from the bike and into the undergrowth.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital on May 25 where he was treated for several severe injuries.

Dr Nicholas Hancock, an orthopaedic surgeon, gave evidence on behalf of his colleague who treated Mr 
Farley.

Dr Hancock said: ‘Mr Farley had multiple injuries including fractures to the spine, the neck and the chest.

‘He also had multiple rib fractures, an injury to the lungs and a fractured pelvis.’

During his evidence, Dr Hancock said Mr Farley stayed in the Intensive Treatment Unit where his heart and other vital signs were monitored.

After a few days, he showed signs of improvement and was moved to a different ward.

But, on June 9 he suffered a cardiac arrest and doctors spent 20 minutes trying to resuscitate him.

They were successful and his heart started beating again, but Mr Farley had suffered a hypoxic brain injury – caused by oxygen deficiency – and died four days later on June 13.

In his conclusion, head coroner Grahame Short, gave a narrative verdict and said Mr Farley died after his heart problems and the injuries combined led to his accident being 
fatal.

Agreeing with the pathologist’s evidence, Mr Short said the car accident or heart problems alone wouldn’t have killed Mr Farley.