Blood clot killed Lancashire heavyweight boxing star’s uncle

FAMILY: The family of Hugh Fury outside Preston Coroners' Court
FAMILY: The family of Hugh Fury outside Preston Coroners' Court
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The uncle of heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury was killed by a blood clot that formed after he broke his leg while moving a caravan, an inquest heard.

Respected Hugh “Hughie” Fury, 50, suffered a cardiac arrest after the clot travelled to his lung, blocking the blood supply to his heart.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

After initially refusing recommended treatment to fix the fracture in his tibia, his heart stopped on the operating table when he finally underwent surgery three weeks later.

Fury, of Lancaster, was moved to an intensive care ward where he lay unresponsive for 11 weeks.

Tests found “no meaningful brain activity” and several attempts to wake him from a coma failed, before he died on October 11 last year.

A post mortem examination found his cause of death to be bronchial pneumonia resulting from a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest.

As the last screws were going in, there was a sudden deterioration in Hugh’s condition.

Timothy Miller

Mr Timothy Miller, orthopaedic consultant at Lancaster Royal Infirmary (LRI) said the operation on October 25 should only have taken 90 minutes but instead took nearer to four hours due to the age of the fracture which had started to seize up.

He said: “As the last screws were going in, there was a sudden deterioration in Hugh’s condition.”

Preston Coroners’ Court heard yesterday how Fury, described as “normally fit and active, and from a family of professional boxers of which he was very proud”, became injured the drawbar of a caravan fell on his leg as he moved it in an accident on July 7.

He had unknowingly fractured his right tibia but as he moved to reach a phone to call for assistance, he slipped again, this time fracturing his ulna, a bone in his left arm.

His wife Violet Fury told the inquest: “He was bending down trying to lift it (the caravan) off the back of a motor and it tumbled on to his leg and he fell down.”

Mr Fury was initially treated at Wythenshawe hospital, where he refused an operation, which left him in plaster, and virtually wheelchair bound.

He discharged himself from hospital without collecting vital anti-clotting medication called enoxaparin.

Mr Fury, who notoriously trained Tyson Fury as well as his sons Phill, Walter and Hughie, was himself a former boxer.

He was in Tyson’s corner for many of his biggest bouts, including his British and Commonwealth title win over Dereck Chisora in 2011.

During his time in intensive care, his family kept a constant vigil at his hospital bed.

In a statement at the time, his brother Peter said: “Sadly we lost our big brother today after 11 weeks of struggle.

“Life will never be the same again for all out family, especially his wife and children. The loss we feel makes us numb with grief.”

His nephew Tyson, 26, cancelled a planned TV fight with Alexander Ustinov after receiving news of his uncle’s condition and tweeted: “Tragic loss for the fury family. Uncle Highie Fury. Forever in my heart & life. RIP. Gone to see Jesus.”

Dr James Adeley, senior coroner for Preston and West Lancashire recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

He said: “The most dangerous time for a clot to develop is five to seven days after injury.

“The would make the most definite time for Hugh’s clot to have developed between 9 and 11 July. On the balance of probability, if the enoxaparin had been continued, it would have prevented the clot from occurring but it’s unclear whether Hugh knew this.”