Barrow woman's inquest - ‘Delay in diagnosis’ of fatal infection
Last updated at 13:47, Wednesday, 09 July 2014
QUESTIONS have been raised over the care of a bereaved and anorexic Barrow mum after her death from an infection following surgery.
Lisa Opie, aged 43, of Westway, Barrow, died at Furness General Hospital on January 6, 10 days after the operation to remove a benign cyst from her ovary, carried out at Royal Preston Hospital.
Mrs Opie, who had battled anorexia for a number of years, and her husband Kevin Opie had lost their son Thomas, 18, to an epileptic fit six months earlier.
An inquest at Barrow Town Hall yesterday heard Mrs Opie had gone “downhill” after his death and the court heard she was “severely unwell” when she arrived at FGH on December 31, after being transferred from Preston.
Assistant coroner for south and east Cumbria, Alan Sharp, said an investigation by the hospital trust which runs FGH had found “problems with the delivery of care” and “a delay in the diagnosis” of the infection which killed her.
Mr Opie said his wife had been distressed in RPH following the operation.
He said: “When she was in the hospital bed the wound was weeping, it would not stop weeping.
“She started getting agitated; she started thinking the nurses saw her as a nuisance because she wanted her bandages changed all the time. She didn’t want to stay there, she wanted to go back to Barrow.”
Doctors agreed to allow Mrs Opie to be transferred by ambulance to FGH, but when she arrived Mr Opie said his wife was confused and “didn’t recognise” him”.
Dr Mohamed Said, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at FGH, told the inquest there were “obvious” signs of infection when Mrs Opie arrived at FGH and she was placed in intensive care.
The inquest heard she did not respond to antibiotics and her condition deteriorated.
Pathologist Dr Vesa Karja stated the cause of Mrs Opie’s death was sepsis which led to liver and kidney failure.
He accepted that Mrs Opie’s anorexia was a contributory factor in her death.
Dr Amr Dawood, consultant anaesthetist at FGH’s ICU, said in severely malnourished patients, proteins and other nutrients which enable the body to heal itself can be lacking.
Mr Sharp adjourned the inquest to allow further evidence to be taken. A new date has yet to be decided.
First published at 13:22, Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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