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Stafford pensioner died from complication of surgery

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

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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.

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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.

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