Man knocked down stairs by pet dog dies

A man knocked down the stairs by his pet dog was left paralysed and later died, an inquest heard.

Man knocked down stairs by pet dog dies

Ignatius Fox, aged 71, from New St, Carrick-On-Suir, Co Tipperary fell backwards down the stairs and landed on a concrete hallway on October 14, 2012, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

Mary Fox’s husband suffered a serious neck injury that damaged his spinal cord and left him paralysed from the neck down.

The court heard he was lavished with love and support from his wife and close relatives, but around Easter 2014 he developed a respiratory tract infection and his health began to deteriorate.

He had problems aspirating and developed muscle spasms, the court heard.

“All of this flowed from the neck injury sustained as a result of the fall down the stairs,” sad coroner Brian Farrell.

The cause of death was pneumonia complicated by a fall down stairs at his home, Dr Farrell said.

Mrs Fox said her husband never told her it was the dog that caused him to fall down the stairs.

“He told his sister. He was afraid I would punish the dog,” she said.

The coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.

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