Earlier this year, 87-year-old Stanley Bryson took a holiday aboard a cruise ship departing from South Africa from which he suffered life-ending injury. Upon leaving the dining hall aboard the ship one evening, Bryson reached onto the stairwell banister to stable himself as he climbed a few steps when the banister uprooted, sending Bryson backwards—breaking his wrist and his left hip in the process. His operation to treat the injuries resulted in breathing difficulties, a chest infection, and kidney failure. Fluid that was found in his lungs was drained and Bryson was intended to fly home—when heart failure on May 2, 2012 took his life.
While Bryson was reportedly overweight and had current strain on several organs, it was ultimately the fall and the subsequent surgery that caused him to develop cardiac arrest. The Coroner aboard the ship, Edward Thomas, recorded the death of Bryson as accidental death due to a blunt force trauma to the left arm and hip.
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