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A retired civil engineer died at his home in Yaxley after inhaling the contents of his stomach, an inquest has heard.

The inquest took place today (February 20) at Suffolk Coroner's Court in Ipswich.
The inquest took place today (February 20) at Suffolk Coroner's Court in Ipswich.

Paul Jenkins, 69, had been suffering from aggressive early-onset dementia at the time of his death on February 1.

Today (Wednesday) the inquest at Suffolk Coroner's Court in Ipswich was told that after eating his evening meal, Mr Jenkin's breathing had become "raspy" before his live-in carer intervened and began attempts at resuscitation.

An ambulance crew called to the property in Cherry Tree Close also tried to revive Mr Jenkins but without success and he was declared dead at the scene.

Consultant pathologist Dr Jason Wong, who conducted a post mortem examination at Ipswich Hospital, concluded that the cause of death had been aspiration of stomach contents and dementia.

Mr Jenkins' son Gareth said in a statement that his father, who spent his entire working life in the railway industry, had been diagnosed with dementia in 2016.

Senior Suffolk Coroner Nigel Parsley recorded a narrative conclusion, saying: "Paul Jenkins died as a result of accidental death contributed to by the effects of frontal lobe dementia."



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