An inquest earlier this week into the death of a woman living in Kildare heard that she died after falling down the stairs of her home when she got up to let the family dog out.
54-year-old Bernadette McDermott, who lived in Celbridge, was critically injured when she got out of bed early on the morning of June 26 2016 to let her dog out, but she was found critically injured by her son Eoin that afternoon.
Eoin had been visiting his mother with his fiancee the previous day, and returned to the house the following day where he found his mother at the bottom of the stairs. The family dog was sitting beside her when she was found.
Ms McDermott was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, but her injuries were described as 'inoperable' and she was pronounced dead on June 28.
A scan of her brain showed she had intracranial bleeding and haemorrhage.
A coroner deemed the cause of death was raised intracranial pressure due to a large extra-dural and sub-arachnoid haemorrhage due to a fall.
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