Saturday, October 08, 2011

Woman died during medical procedure ~ Adhesions


Wednesday September 28 2011

AN INQUEST heard that a Wicklow town woman died during a routine procedure to remove an ovarian cyst after her bowel was torn during the operation.

60-year-old Elizabeth Dempsey, Bayside Glen, Brittas Road, Wicklow town, suffered septic shock and died after the procedure which took place on July 26, 2010 at St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

The Dublin Coroner's Court was told originally the cyst was to be removed through keyhole surgery but extensive adhesions meant the surgeon had to instead proceed through open surgery. Ms Dempsey died two days later at the hospital. Upon hearing the evidence, Coroner Brian Farrell was satisfied that the perforation was caused by the laparoscopy and a verdict of death by medical misadventure was recorded.

Elizabeth was the wife of the late Colm and the mother of Colum and the late Aidan.

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