Former nurse dies falling down stairs after night in having drinks with husband
A former NHS nurse fell to her death down a flight of stairs after a night drinking with her husband .
Paula Jefferies is thought to have then lost her footing and hit her head as she went to bed.
Her husband Robert found her at the bottom of the stairs at their home in Newall Green, Manchester, when he woke up the following morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene but were unable to save the 55-year-old, who suffered a fatal head injury, Manchester Evening News reports.
An inquest heard the mother of two had herself consumed two bottles of white wine, half a bottle of Prosecco and two glasses of port with her dinner in the hours before the tragedy.
Tests showed she would have been more than twice the alcohol limit for driving and a coroner said it was usually 'luck of the draw' whether people who fell down the stairs could pick themselves up.
The accident occurred on Sunday, May 13 last year just weeks after Mrs Jefferies had retired from her job as a lead nurse in Bolton, after 37 years working in healthcare.
Mr Jefferies a gardener, told the Manchester hearing: "We were at home and had a home cooked meal. I had three bottles of Budweiser, two bottles of red wine, and half a bottle of Prosecco, she had two bottles of white wine, half a bottle of Prosecco and two glasses of port.
“I would say we were both drunk – it was regular for a weekend.
"It was about half past twelve she was in the kitchen texting, she said to me she would be up shortly so I left her to it but she never came upstairs.
"I think I woke up at 6.40am and I went downstairs and she was just there at the bottom of the stairs.
“That was the first time I saw her. Laid across horizontally at the bottom of the stairs, her head was at one end and her feet were at the other. There was some blood at the bottom of the stairs.
“I phoned the emergency services straight away; the response came first then the ambulance service came."
A post-mortem revealed Mrs Jefferies had suffered a significant head injury.
She had 190 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The alcohol limit for driving is 80mg.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death Coroner Nigel Meadows said: “Apart from some findings of alcohol there were no other drugs or medicines to be detected.
“The position of the blood on either side of the stairs seems consistent with her having a fall down for some distance.
“Sometimes it is impossible to tell when somebody dies because there isn’t any evidence. It would have happened in between you going to bed and waking up, I would have thought in the very early hours going up to bed.
“All the evidence is consistent with her having a fall down the stairs, what she was doing you will never know.
“People have falls in their home all the time, trip over their feet and slip, she could have lost her footing and because of the amount of alcohol in her system had some difficulties.
“She tripped or in some other way lost her footing and that caused her to fall down the stairs. It is sometimes luck of the draw for people to fall down the stairs and pick themselves up – sadly it is the vagaries of life.''
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