Teacher 'delusional' before plunging from hospital window
A teacher with a brain tumour was 'delusional' just days
before he plunged to his death from a hospital window, an inquest
Clive Francis, of Shaftesbury Road, Canterbury, died aged 35
after falling from the top floor of the Kent and Canterbury
hospital on June 16, 2008.
He was just a week away from starting radiotherapy to treat the
tumour, but had been admitted to the hospital by his sister Lynn
Chilcott after showing signs of mental illness.
An inquest into his death resumed yesterday at the Guildhall in
Sandwich and is expected to last five days.
Coroner Rebecca Cobb has sworn in a jury who will hear the
circumstances surrounding Mr Francis's death and his treatment at
Mrs Chilcott, 30, said her brother was becoming increasingly
delusional in the days before he died and she was worried because
their mother took her own life previously.
The court was told he was suffering from a brain tumour which
had been operated on the previous year.
Despite the majority of the tumour being removed, the English
teacher began suffering panic attacks, blurred vision and dizziness
in the weeks leading up to his death.
Clive Francis fell from a
window at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital
He was due to have radiotherapy the next week but was reluctant
to receive the treatment.
On the morning of his death, police cars attended Mrs Chilcott's
office in Ashford to inform her of her brother's fall.
She said: "On the way over to hospital we said he would do
anything to get attention and that hopefully now he could get the
help he needs.
"So when we got to the hospital I wasn't really expecting
Fighting back tears, she added: "If you're told someone is
suffering from mental illness then that's fine, but we weren't
"Me and my sister just didn't know what to do."
The inquest continues.
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