Army reservist David Atkins died after choking on piece of sausage in Poole town centre, inquest told

Bournemouth Echo: TRAGIC: David Atkins, who choked to death on a sausage TRAGIC: David Atkins, who choked to death on a sausage

ARMY reservist and cancer survivor David Atkins died after choking on a sausage outside Sainsbury’s in Poole town centre.

The healthy 46-year-old fell to the floor in front of shocked shoppers on New Year’s Eve and died six days later when his life support machine was switched off, a Bournemouth inquest was told.

The inquest was one of two heard on the same day which involved healthy people in their 40s who died after choking on everyday food items in Poole.

Coroner Sheriff Payne heard Mr Atkins, who lived with his parents in Hamilton Road, Corfe Mullen, had a piece of sausage stuck in his throat, which blocked his airway.

An off-duty GP and an off-duty A&E doctor attempted to help him before paramedics arrived and removed the piece of sausage, which was roughly a third of the size of a whole, full-sized sausage.

But it could only be removed when paramedics used a special piece of equipment, the coroner was told.

Mr Atkins died in Poole Hospital on January 6 with the cause of his death given as cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage due to asphyxia.

It is not known where he had purchased the sausage because he had no other food with him, the inquest heard.

Mr Atkins, a father-of-two, was an IT entrepreneur, Army Reservist and a member of the maritime voluntary service.

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Soft Cell Sarcoma, in 2010 but was in remission.

Born in Maidstone, he studied at Bristol University before working in the Cayman Islands and setting up two video conferencing companies.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Payne said: “There is no medical reason for him to have choked on food but it would appear that a substantial piece of sausage was removed from his throat.

“We have no idea where it had come from – this was obviously an unintended event.”

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6:04am Wed 14 May 14

Understated says...

of course it was unintended.
of course it was unintended. Understated
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7:53am Wed 14 May 14

jill M says...

How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?
How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives? jill M
  • Score: 16

7:59am Wed 14 May 14

GetTheScumOfOurStreets says...

Another choking story. At least the picture is of him and not a pack of sausages.
Another choking story. At least the picture is of him and not a pack of sausages. GetTheScumOfOurStreets
  • Score: 16

8:22am Wed 14 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

jill M wrote:
How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?
I don't think he was actually joking there Jill, merely pointing out the tactlessness of putting a picture of a jar of pickles in the other story.
[quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?[/p][/quote]I don't think he was actually joking there Jill, merely pointing out the tactlessness of putting a picture of a jar of pickles in the other story. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 9

8:23am Wed 14 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
jill M wrote:
How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?
I don't think he was actually joking there Jill, merely pointing out the tactlessness of putting a picture of a jar of pickles in the other story.
My bad, never saw the tackless joke below :(
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?[/p][/quote]I don't think he was actually joking there Jill, merely pointing out the tactlessness of putting a picture of a jar of pickles in the other story.[/p][/quote]My bad, never saw the tackless joke below :( Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 1

9:11am Wed 14 May 14

Ralph Horris says...

Why the Echo allows comments on stories like this is unbelievable. We all know the level to which some people will sink to whilst hiding behind their anonimity.
This isn't an isolated incident and is something i know upsets a lot of decent people who want to get involved by commenting on appropriate stories but who know where to draw the line.
As a result i think it's time i for one stopped buying the Echo, which i know won't bother anyone, but at least i will know that i have made a stand for what i think is right.
Why the Echo allows comments on stories like this is unbelievable. We all know the level to which some people will sink to whilst hiding behind their anonimity. This isn't an isolated incident and is something i know upsets a lot of decent people who want to get involved by commenting on appropriate stories but who know where to draw the line. As a result i think it's time i for one stopped buying the Echo, which i know won't bother anyone, but at least i will know that i have made a stand for what i think is right. Ralph Horris
  • Score: 9

9:23am Wed 14 May 14

southbourne lover says...

Ralph Horris wrote:
Why the Echo allows comments on stories like this is unbelievable. We all know the level to which some people will sink to whilst hiding behind their anonimity.
This isn't an isolated incident and is something i know upsets a lot of decent people who want to get involved by commenting on appropriate stories but who know where to draw the line.
As a result i think it's time i for one stopped buying the Echo, which i know won't bother anyone, but at least i will know that i have made a stand for what i think is right.
No need to buy the echo when you can read it on-line.
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: Why the Echo allows comments on stories like this is unbelievable. We all know the level to which some people will sink to whilst hiding behind their anonimity. This isn't an isolated incident and is something i know upsets a lot of decent people who want to get involved by commenting on appropriate stories but who know where to draw the line. As a result i think it's time i for one stopped buying the Echo, which i know won't bother anyone, but at least i will know that i have made a stand for what i think is right.[/p][/quote]No need to buy the echo when you can read it on-line. southbourne lover
  • Score: 4

9:43am Wed 14 May 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

southbourne lover wrote:
Ralph Horris wrote:
Why the Echo allows comments on stories like this is unbelievable. We all know the level to which some people will sink to whilst hiding behind their anonimity.
This isn't an isolated incident and is something i know upsets a lot of decent people who want to get involved by commenting on appropriate stories but who know where to draw the line.
As a result i think it's time i for one stopped buying the Echo, which i know won't bother anyone, but at least i will know that i have made a stand for what i think is right.
No need to buy the echo when you can read it on-line.
I would never do that, I like to physically hold the paper.
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ralph Horris[/bold] wrote: Why the Echo allows comments on stories like this is unbelievable. We all know the level to which some people will sink to whilst hiding behind their anonimity. This isn't an isolated incident and is something i know upsets a lot of decent people who want to get involved by commenting on appropriate stories but who know where to draw the line. As a result i think it's time i for one stopped buying the Echo, which i know won't bother anyone, but at least i will know that i have made a stand for what i think is right.[/p][/quote]No need to buy the echo when you can read it on-line.[/p][/quote]I would never do that, I like to physically hold the paper. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 1

12:30pm Wed 14 May 14

hamworthygirl says...

This is an old story published a while ago im sure
This is an old story published a while ago im sure hamworthygirl
  • Score: -6

9:02pm Wed 14 May 14

Bournefre says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
jill M wrote:
How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?
I don't think he was actually joking there Jill, merely pointing out the tactlessness of putting a picture of a jar of pickles in the other story.
Nobody was 'joking' but the anonymous keyboard warriors have to have someone to disparage whenever there is an emotive story to comment on; it makes them feel better about themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: How anyone can joke about a poor man dying is beyond me. I wonder if you would treat his death so flippantly if he was one of your friends or relatives?[/p][/quote]I don't think he was actually joking there Jill, merely pointing out the tactlessness of putting a picture of a jar of pickles in the other story.[/p][/quote]Nobody was 'joking' but the anonymous keyboard warriors have to have someone to disparage whenever there is an emotive story to comment on; it makes them feel better about themselves. Bournefre
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Thu 15 May 14

pooleresident60 says...

Poor man how can anyone joke about this it discusses me there are so many sick people about in society these days .
Poor man how can anyone joke about this it discusses me there are so many sick people about in society these days . pooleresident60
  • Score: 0

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