Inquest report

SIR - Regarding the article Falling branch contributed to death, April 3, the falling bough, that crushed Mr Harry Valentine, was overwhelmingly the most significant factor in his death, and not just one of the factors . The formal phrasing of the

SIR - Regarding the article ''Falling branch contributed to death,'' April 3, the falling bough, that crushed Mr Harry Valentine, was overwhelmingly the most significant factor in his death, and not just ''one of the factors''. The formal phrasing of the coroner's verdict as reported alters the true significance of the event.

Part B of the death certificate lists other significant illnesses that the deceased had been suffering, but which were not contributory factors in the death. It is for this reason that the diagnosis of prostate cancer was listed. In actual fact Mr Harry Valentine was in remission at the time of his death and was enjoying an active life until the accident.

The family do not disagree with the general accuracy of the article. The words are technically correct; it is just their order that gives a subtly inaccurate picture.

Dr MICHAEL WALDRON

MBBS DRCOG

Walton Drive

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