A doctor died in a freak accident after she fell down the stairs wearing ‘remarkably high’ heels following a holiday night out drinking champagne.
Dr Susan Allanby, 66, was wearing high heels when she went out with her GP husband Dr Charles Allanby, 63, and another couple near Algora in Spain.
Her husband, of Cardiff, told an inquest he drove them both home at around 1am after a night out at a restaurant and then a pub.
His wife had been ‘dancing and very animated’ during the evening and had never worn such high heels before, he added.
A few minutes after they got back he found her lying in a pool of blood after suffering fatal injuries from a fall down six stairs.
Dr Susan Allanby, 66 (pictured) was wearing high heels when she went out with her GP husband Dr Charles Allanby, 63, and another couple near Algora in Spain one night in January last year and fell down the stairs
He said: ‘My wife actually took flat shoes with her to walk home from the pub.
‘Because she didn’t appear unable to walk home properly, she didn’t change her shoes.’
Dr Charles Allanby found his wife Susan (pictured together) lying in a pool of blood a few moments after they arrived home
He said he had never seen his wife wear the high heel shoes before that night.
Dr Allanby added: ‘They were remarkably high shoes. I hadn’t seen her wear those before.
‘Had she been wearing flat shoes perhaps there would have been a different outcome.’
Mother-of-four Dr Allanby spent 35 years as a GP at the Clifton Surgery in Roath, Cardiff. Her husband Charles was also a GP at the same practice.
The inquest heard the couple were renovating their holiday home near Algora in central Spain in the hope of living there permanently in the future.
The two couples had been for a meal at a restaurant before moving onto a pub where they were regulars.
Grandmother Dr Allanby was described as ‘very animated and dancing’ during her evening out.
Husband Charles told of how he found his wife lying in a pool of blood after hearing a loud ‘thump.’
Toxicology reports found 317mg per decilitre of alcohol in her blood. The legal driving limit is 80.
Mother-of-four Dr Allanby spent 35 years as a GP at the Clifton Surgery in Roath, Cardiff. Her husband Charles was also a GP at the same practice
The inquest in Pontypridd, South Wales, heard a post mortem revealed the cause of death was a traumatic head and neck injury.
Senior coroner Andrew Barkley said: ‘The circumstances are that in hearing a noise, hearing a thump, Dr Allanby discovers that his wife appears to have fallen on the stairs.’
The coroner recorded a conclusion of death by accident contributed to by alcohol.
Tributes were paid to Dr Allanby at a British Medical Association conference where she was described as ‘a hugely respected and vibrant GP who gave so much to patients and the profession.’
The coroner recorded a conclusion of Dr Allanby’s death by accident contributed to by alcohol. She is pictured with her husband in an undated family photo