A Croatian construction worker toppled from a 10-foot ladder and succumbed to the coronavirus, according to doctors.
Doctors wrote in a report that a 51-year-old man who fell off a ladder and suffered cuts and bruises to his head died from the disorienting effects of COVID-19. The man fell while working on a home earlier this year, according to the Journal of Forensic Pathology.
“During the autopsy, doctors found that large swaths of the man’s lungs were blocked,” the New York Post reports. “The finding then led scientists to conclude that he suffered from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) — a life-threatening condition that can be caused by COVID-19.”
The doctors determined that COVID-19 led to the man’s fall, killing him, so his death had to be recorded as due to the illness per World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Investigators ruled out foul play and learned from coworkers that the man had type-2 diabetes and had smoked for decades.