The main contributing factor in the death of a Swinton pensioner injured in a car accident is not clear, a court heard.
Reginald Ensor, 82, of Swinton was involved a road traffic collision in September 2013, and was discharged from Rotherham General Hospital hours later. He was readmitted a week later, and died in hospital days later. Speaking at the inquest at Doncaster Coroners Court, forensic pathologist Dr Naomi Carter confirmed Mr Ensor died from multi-organ failure and bronchopneumonia.
She explained that Mr Ensor sustained two broken left ribs from the road traffic collision, but when he was initially admitted to hospital there was no sign of internal damage.
During the post mortem Dr Carter said she found that Mr Ensor had a number of gall stones, and scarring on his gall bladder which he may have had for years. This led to peritonitus, which is the inflammation of the tissue wall lining the abdomen and was one of the contributing factors in his death.
The bronchopneumonia brought on by the broken ribs sustained during the collision, was also described as a contributing factor, but Dr Carter said she could not say beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Ensor contracted the peritonitus, and later died, as a direct result of the collision.
The inquest has been adjourned until November, pending further evidence.