A fit and active OAP died after sustaining a head injury when she accidentally toppled off her stair-lift, an inquest heard.

Renee Hall, 99, had a habit of standing up on the mobility device as she went up the stairs of her home in The Myrk, Datchet.

On August 23, 2016 however, the pensioner fell off and banged her head.

She was taken to Wexham Park Hospital where she died a month later.

Her son, Nick Hall said: “My mother was extremely active and fit for her age.

“Various members of her family warned her of her more risky activities, for example, going up and down the stairs and standing on the stair-lift rather than sitting on it. We believe this is what led to her head injury.

“Mum lost her balance and struck her head against the wall. It also appears that she was holding a cup of tea.”

On January 19 an inquest in Reading heard how Mrs Hall's grandson had found her lying face down on a hard wood floor following the tumble.

Paramedics arrived to find the near centenarian, who had a pacemaker fitted in 2009, unconscious and with a laceration above her left eye.

When she was taken to hospital doctors diagnosed a subdural haematoma to the left side of her head - a build up of blood causing pressure on the brain - and a pelvic fracture.

Although Mrs Hall regained consciousness, she remembered nothing of the fall and her condition deteriorated over the following month.

The bleeding on her brain continued and she died on September 27 with her grandson by her side.

Senior Coroner for Berkshire Peter Bedford said: “Despite Mrs Hall's years she appeared to be remarkably fit and active.

“She preferred to stand up on the stair lift. Clearly she has overbalanced while holding a cup of tea and was not able to block her fall.

“I offer my condolences to her family.”