Leyland death linked to broken neck in 1981

Tragic: Thomas Doran's death was linked to an incident 34 years ago
Tragic: Thomas Doran's death was linked to an incident 34 years ago
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A man who had his neck broken at a party died of complications following his injuries 34 years later, an inquest has found.

Thomas Doran was just 18 when his neck was broken after a man threw him out of a party in Leyland on April 16, 1981.

He was 18 and he had all of his life ahead of him. He was a young lad, young and daft and he went out with his mates

The serious injuries left him tetraplegic, unable to use some of his limbs and with limited movement.

The inquest heard that his immobility lead to the obesity and lack of exercise which GP Kit Patel told the inquest was a factor in the heart disease that eventually killed him at the age of 52. The former cleaner suffered a heart attack on April 27, 2015 at his home on Forrester Close, Leyland.

Deputy coroner Claire Hammond recorded a narrative verdict at a hearing at Preston Coroner’s Court.

She said: “My conclusion is that Tom died due to his underlying myocardial disease contributed to by Tetraplegia he sustained after an altercation in 1981.”

His family have expressed their frustration that no one was ever brought to justice for inflicting such serious injuries on Thomas.

His brother Gerald Doran: “He was 18 and he had all of his life ahead of him. He was a young lad, young and daft and he went out with his mates.

“His life was destroyed and my mum and dad’s were too.

“My Dad spent his redundancy money on a solicitor and he just said there is nothing you can do with us.

“He was seriously injured and we did not know whether he was going to live or die.

“He was my younger brother and you never want to die before your younger brother.

“Somebody should give the family an answer.

“I just hope we can finally get to the bottom of it.

“All I hope is that we can get justice for our Thomas.”

The inquest heard that Thomas died just as the ambulance that Dr Edoardo Cervoni requested had arrived.

Dr Patel, from Central Park Surgery in Leyland, was Thomas’ doctor since 2004 and he reviewed the notes of Dr Cervoni who saw Thomas on the day he died after he complained of suffering from food poisoning.

He said: “In 1999 (Thomas) experienced a cardiac event.

“Contributing factors to heart disease are obesity and a lack of exercise. Dr Cervoni attended the address. He recorded diarrhoea and vomiting. There were clinical findings of a pyrexial infection - something that could put strain on the heart of someone with a history of heart disease.”

The coroner said in her closing address: “Tom was going to a party he wasn’t invited to.

“Someone held him by the neck and threw him out.

“His friends moved him onto his back, he couldn’t move. A neurological examination confirmed Tetraplegia from a fracture to his spine.

“We don’t have a lot of information about what happened on that night.”