Devoted Newport mum, Kelly Chard, died in stair fall after Christmas night out - inquest
9:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
A DEVOTED mother and carer who "always put others before herself" died after falling down the stairs.
Kelly Anne Chard, 35, of Newport, suffered a fracture at the base of her skull as a result of the fall following a night out on December 21 to celebrate Christmas.
Recording a verdict of accidental death at Miss Chard’s inquest, Gwent coroner David Bowen said: "This was a tragic end to what should have been a very pleasant evening."
Following the hearing at Gwent Coroner’s Court, sitting in Newport, Miss Chard’s family described her as "a fantastic girl" who was devoted to her son Ryan.
Her father John Chard said: "She was a hard working girl. She worked as a carer with autistic people and used to work very long hours to keep everything going.
"She was supposed to be working on Christmas Day. She never asked for anything and always put others before herself."
He added: "She was very popular. It was unbelievable. There were around 500 people at her funeral.
"We just love her so much. That night was the most horrific night of our lives."
The inquest heard Miss Chard was in the kitchen at her house with her cousin Maxine Chard following the night out. Miss Chard, who had returned home by taxi, had left the kitchen to go upstairs. But there was a noise and Miss Chard was found slumped in an awkward position at the bottom of the stairs.
CPR attempts were made on Miss Chard before she was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. But Mr Bowen said the family’s worst fears were confirmed at the hospital.
A post mortem examination showed that Miss Chard had a blood alcohol level of 222mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal drink drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.