Robin Blowes 'accidentally' fell to his death from window

A cancer patient who was in a "confused and delusional state" accidentally fell to his death at Southend University Hospital, an inquest jury has ruled.

Robin Blowes, 69, from Blackmore, fell from the second floor window on 4 July 2010, days after having major surgery.

In a narrative verdict, the jury stated the window had a restrictor on it but could be "overcome by force".

The cause of Mr Blowes' "confused state was multifactoral" and could not be determined, the jury ruled.

The inquest in Southend heard Mr Blowes had undergone a seven-hour operation to remove his bladder at the end of June.

He was in a single room with a security guard outside the closed door and no special nurse was present.

Contrary to a previous report, the verdict stated that a secondary chain restrictor had not been fitted to the window from which Mr Blowes fell.

Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive of the hospital, said: "We understand the devastation Mr Blowes' family have suffered since his tragic death in 2010 and again offer them our sincere condolences.

"We will continue to support them in what has been an extremely difficult time for all involved."

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