A FORMER photographer died of complications of surgery an inquest heard.
Joseph Galvin died in March, eight days after an operation on his stomach.
The 86-year-old had a history of hospital admissions dating back to 1990, the hearing at Cannock Coroner’s Court was told.
In 2011 Mr Galvin, of Salisbury Road, Stafford, had a laparotomy at Stafford Hospital. In March this year he had another laparotomy although doctors warned it was very risky and he might not survive because he had a severe chest infection.
The inquest heard Mr Galvin, a former industrial photographer for English Electric, agreed to have the operation and responded well despite the infection.
A week after the surgery he was transferred to the care of the hospital’s respiratory team but his condition deteriorated and he died the following day.
A post mortem revealed severe furring of the arteries and a slightly enlarged prostate.
South Staffordshire assistant coroner Margaret Jones said the previous and recent surgery had caused scarring which obstructed his bowel.
“Added to that he had a severe chest problem,” she said.
She gave the cause of death as pneumonia, small bowel and abdominal scar tissue and concluded My Galvin had died of a recognised complication of previous and recent surgery.