Man dies after choking on his breakfast at care home

Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Norfolk's senior coroner Jacqueline Lake. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A man died after choking on his breakfast in a care home.

Great Yarmouth-born Matthew Hook, 49, died on April 15 last year while a resident at The Hollies residential care home in Morningthorpe.

An inquest in Norwich on January 15 heard his cause of death was global hypoxic brain injury due to choking.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake concluded the death was an accident, which happened around 10.20am after Mr Hook had eaten breakfast.

Francesca Kowalczyk, home manager at the time, said Mr Hook, who had bipolar disorder, did not have problems with eating.

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She confirmed The Hollies staff were first-aid trained.

Just before he collapsed, the 49-year-old wanted some air but did not show choking signs.

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'We did everything we could,' the former manager added.

Staff called 999 and followed CPR instructions before paramedics took Mr Hook to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he was declared dead.

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