A grandmother died after falling over five feet onto rocks while playing with her grandchild at a beach hotel in Thailand.
Sheila Simpson (68), who came from of Sedgefield in the north of England, is believed to have fallen from a wooden deck at the hotel on Koh Phi Phi where she and her family had been staying on holiday.
An inquest in England revealed that Mrs Simpson had flown to Thailand with her husband, Derek Simpson, in April to visit her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild. After staying in Phuket for three days, the family continued their travel to Koh Phi Phi some 40 kilometres west of Phuket.
After having dinner on the beach, Mrs Simpson went to play with her grandchild on, what family members described as, a “wooden decking” for sunbathers. Four to five feet below it was a drop to a rocky area.
At some point during the evening, the family heard a scream and then saw that Mrs Simpson had fallen, head-first, onto the rocks below. Paramedics rendered first aid before rescue workers transferred the victim to a nearby medical centre by speedboat and later to Bangkok Hospital Phuket on the mainland.
Crispin Oliver, the Senior Assistant Coroner for County Durham and Darlington, said that there was little hope for Mrs Simpson who had been in a coma since her admission. She died a week later on Saturday, April 22, having never regained consciousness.
Mr Oliver told The Northern Echo, “The death certificate from Bangkok Hospital, Phuket stated cerebral haemorrhage as the cause of death, resulting from a fall from a height.” Mr Oliver described the death as a tragic accident and confirmed that the cocktail drink which Mrs Simpson had consumed just before her fall was not a contributing factor.
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