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Jamaican doctor says he arrived too late to help Woolmer
The first doctor to examine Pakistan's cricket coach last spring testified that he got to Bob Woolmer 40 minutes after his body was discovered - too late to save him. Read moreread more
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Dr. Asher Cooper, part of the Cricket World Cup's medical team, said Woolmer, sprawled on the floor of a hotel bathroom, had no pulse, and it appeared he had not been breathing for some time.

"I thought then that the patient was dead," Cooper testified at an inquest into what caused the 58-year-old to die one day after his team was eliminated.

Earlier, a hotel maid testified she knocked on Woolmer's door around 7:30 a.m. but got no response, then returned about three hours later and found the coach on the bathroom floor.

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The first medical team member on the scene was nurse Novelette Robinson, who said she arrived at about 11 a.m., found Woolmer had no pulse and began administering CPR. Asher testified he arrived 10 minutes later.

An ambulance arrived a half hour later and took Woolmer to University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

In previous testimony, a British pathologist said he believes heart disease most likely caused the coach's death.

Woolmer's body was found March 18 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in downtown Kingston. Four days later, Jamaican police announced Woolmer had been strangled - setting off a globe-spanning homicide investigation.

In June, authorities ended the probe after pathologists in Britain, South Africa and Canada concluded the coach died from natural causes.

The inquest to determine the cause of death began Tuesday and is expected to end Nov. 9 after about 50 witnesses appear before the 11-member jury. Testimony resumes on Monday.

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