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Marlow community stalwart Allen Mustoo died after fall trying to save wife
A POPULAR former shop owner died days after falling while trying to stop his wife from slipping over, an inquest heard.
Ex-World War Two Royal Marine Allen Mustoo refused hospital treatment after a heavy fall while trying to save his wife Rosemary from falling herself at the Whip pub in Lacey Green.
The 87-year-old retired stationery shop owner suffered another fall at his home in Highfield Park, Marlow, days later - after which his condition deteriorated and he died at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on May 29.
It is believed an ulcer in his duodenum ruptured as a result of the second fall, leading to him contracting peritonitis - an inflammation of the stomach lining that in serious cases can cause death within an hour.
It is also thought the ulcer was a side effect of anti inflammatory painkillers he was prescribed as the pain worsened following his first fall at the pub.
Mr Mustoo was attended to by paramedics at the Whip - one of the couple's regular haunts - for around 45 minutes after the fall on May 17, but the only pain he felt was in his left shoulder, for which he was given paracetamol.
Paramedic Mike Kay told the inquest there was nothing to suggest Mr Mustoo needed urgent hospital treatment.
In the days following the fall he was prescribed stronger painkillers as the pain became so bad it stopped him from sleeping.
Then on May 23 he suffered another fall in the bathroom at his home and he fell backwards and hit his head on the towel rail.
His GP Stefan Kuetter said he believed the duodenal ulcer was perforated by this second fall, which was ultimately his cause of death.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Richard Hulett said he felt the second fall was probably the fatal one: "He survives from the 17-23 without any neurological difficulties that you'd expect."
Mr Mustoo's son Richard, who described his father as "a stalwart of the community", said of the first fall: "With mum being arm in arm with dad, as they always were, he went over trying to save her.
"My dad was my mother's carer. He cared for her more than anything in the world. I think his stubbornness - the fact he cared for mum more than himself - probably did for him that day."
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