June 10, 2011

The jury at the inquest into the death of a 66-year-old Donegal man, who died five days after being involved in a car crash, have called for an investigation into his death.

Dad of nine Charles McBride of Falbane, Churchill, was involved in a head on collision driving towards Gaoth Dobhair on September 13, 2009.

Mr McBride was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was scanned and received stitches to the back of his head and his knee, and discharged the next day.

His student nurse daughter Evelyn McBride told Letterkenny coroner’s court that the consultant said her father had a crack to his sternum which would take time to heal. She however was concerned.

Her dad was re-admitted to hospital on September 16 after visiting his GP. However it was too late – he had multiple undiagnosed rib fractures and was in renal failure.

Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd said the Churchill man had 14 rib fractures and died as a result of multi-organ failure.

The jury returned a verdict consistent with Mr McBride’s injuries – that he had died as a result of multi-organ failure due to the trauma of a car accident which in turn caused renal failure.

However they asked that the case being investigated further.


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