THE only person able to solve unanswered questions about a care home patient with dementia who choked to death has left the country, an inquest has heard.
Rosemary Dawson had been a resident of the Glen Rose nursing home in Mount Drive, Fareham, for about two-and-a-half months when she choked on her lunch on September 28 last year.
Her diet had been changed to one of ‘soft food’ just two days earlier due to difficulties eating.
But Miroslav Husar, the care assistant who had been feeding the 61-year-old at the time, has since left the home and returned to his native Slovakia. The coroner’s office has no powers to call him to attend.
In a statement, read out at the Portsmouth inquest, Mr Husar said that he was about halfway through feeding Mrs Dawson mashed potato and meat when she began to choke.
He called colleagues for help, who took over attempts to treat Mrs Dawson. Care assistant Pauline Cullen, on-site nurse Susan Poole and home manager Julie Tanner all became involved in trying to stop Mrs Dawson choking, and then to resuscitate her.
An ambulance was called but Mrs Dawson died at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth at 2.45pm.
Sam Lill, Mrs Dawson’s daughter and Christine Hall, Mrs Dawson’s sister attended the inquest. Afterwards Mrs Hall said: ‘We had no-one to question about what actually happened when she was being fed so we will never know what really happened.’
Coroner David Horsley said he found that the care home staff and the emergency services had all acted correctly and he added: ‘All this does boil down to the fact that she choked whilst being fed lunch.’
He recorded a verdict of accidental death.