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Lonely mother who jumped to her death was being looked after by carer who did not speak English


A lonely mother who threw herself to her death out of a third floor window was being looked after by a carer who did not speak English, an inquest was told.

Georgina Hindmarch became isolated after her son and daughter-in-law moved out and she was left with the carer who could not converse with her.

Lying at the bottom of her block of flats, the 62-year-old told a police officer 'just let me die' after plummeting 25ft.

An air ambulance crew flew her to St George's Hospital in London, before doctors discovered her horrific injuries were 'unsurvivable' hours after the fall on July 5. last year.

Mrs Hindmarch was left with just a few tins of food in the house as her son used to sort out the household bills and do the weekly food shop - before a care agency stepped in and began visiting her four times a day to help with her needs, the inquest heard.

Worried friends told mental health professionals that she was tearful all the time. She felt lonely and said that her carer could not speak English.

Attending the inquest with a Somalian translator was carer Hawo Sharif, who worked for the Oasis Care agency and had been making the visits to Mrs Hindmarch.

A statement from the ambulance service said: 'At 10.56am, there was a call to Thames Valley Police who arrived on the scene and were told that the woman had fallen out of the window. It was believed she had climbed or jumped out of the window.

After hours of treatment, doctors at the specialist London hospital confirmed that her injuries were 'unsurvivable' and she was pronounced dead at 7.02pm that day.

A pathologist gave the cause of her death as multiple organ failure due to polytrauma.

Sitting at Berkshire Coroner's court in Reading, assistant coroner Alison McCormick concluded a verdict of suicide.

She said: 'Georgina Hindmarch was a 62-year-old lady. At the time of death she was living alone and she had a number of physical issues.

'She had told her carer Mrs Sharif that she was tired and wanted to go to sleep. When Mrs Sharif heard a noise, she found Georgina was not in bed and the window was open.

'I consider that she deliberately threw herself out of her is hard to believe she could have accidentally fallen out of the window particularly given that she had compromised mobility and she needed care four times a day.'