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Retired nurse Indira Paget died after ladder fall in Bodmin

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

  • Pictured back in September in the Cornish Guardian, Charley Matthews and Joseph Clark were praised for trying to save Mrs Paget

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A WOMAN died after falling off a ladder while trimming palm trees in the driveway of her home, an inquest has heard.

Indira Paget, 66, died from severe trauma to the back of the head after suffering a haemorrhage and skull fracture caused by falling onto the drive in front of her house on St Mary's Road, Bodmin on August 7.

Police and an ambulance crew were called but Mrs Paget was pronounced dead at the scene at 3.07pm. A ladder, a pair of secateurs and leaves were found by her body.

Mrs Paget, a retired nurse, was born in Trinidad and moved to Kent at the age of 18, before moving to Cornwall in 1971 where she held a job as a nursing assistant at Bodmin Hospital, formerly St Lawrences.

A pathologist considered whether Mrs Paget fell due to the symptoms of hyperglycemia caused by her type 2 diabetes but Coroner for Cornwall Dr Emma Carlyon said the condition was "well managed" and recorded a verdict of accidental death, most likely to have been caused by a fall.

Two youngsters, cousins Charley Matthews and Joseph Clarke, then 14 and 12, tried to resuscitate Mrs Paget using CPR after finding her unresponsive on the ground and the inquest heard that the pair will receive an award for their courage and maturity.

Charley was in the neighbouring front garden babysitting her two young cousins when one of them saw Mrs Paget fall. Charley then discovered her motionless on the ground and called for the aid of oldest cousin Joseph, who was inside.

Charley ran to a neighbouring house to seek help, while Joseph rang his firefighter father who was at work. After calling 999, Joseph and Charley followed the paramedic's instructions to try and save Mrs Paget's life.

While Charley held Mrs Paget's head in position in case of neck or back injuries, Joseph performed CPR.

But due to the severity of Mrs Paget's head injuries from the fall there was nothing more either could do.

Mrs Paget, known as Sue, leaves three children, Terri Paget, Mark Shaw and Julia Rowe.

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