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Narrative verdict at Braddan man's inquest

Retired bank manager was 'well liked'

A combination of factors led to the death of a Braddan man at Noble's Hospital's emergency department, the coronor of inquests has concluded.

John Needham returned a narrative verdict at the inquest into the death of 63-year-old retired bank manager Gordon Drake.

Mr Drake had been found by neighbours near his home in Vicarage Park, having collapsed while out walking his dog on the night of 4 July last year.

The emergency services were called, and Mr Drake was taken to Noble's, where he was described as 'very poorly' upon arrival.

He had very low blood pressure and a 'grossly distended abdomen', and his body appeared to be in shock following his fall.

He also had a high level of alcohol in his system.

After briefly responding to some treatment he went into cardiac arrest, and CPR was administered.

This led to Mr Drake vomiting and the aspiration of some of his stomach contents, although suction was used to try and tackle this.

The inquest heard he was not a well man: he had been diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease, type-two diabetes and hypertension in previous years.

Delivering a narrative verdict, Coroner of Inquests John Needham said these health issues - combined with the shock of the fall, the cardiac arrest, CPR and aspiration - all seemed to have contributed to his death.

He passed his condolences on to Mr Drake's family, some of whom were at the inquest, saying he seemed to be a respected banker who was well liked and very social.

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