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Thursday 19 October 2017

Man died in kitchen after going to clinic, inquiry told

Kevin Keane

A MAN described how he saw his twin brother collapse and die from a heart attack less than an hour after being sent home by a doctor.

Damien Geraghty told a Medical Council Fitness to Practise inquiry that his twin Anthony (32) said: "Ma, I'm dizzy", before falling into his arms at their family home in Ballymun, Dublin, on October 20, 2009.

Shortly before he died, Anthony Geraghty had attended the North-Doc out-of-hours clinic in Coolock where he was seen by Dr Sandor Endredi.

Dr Endredi, who is originally from Hungary but currently has a practice in Dublin 2, faces seven allegations of poor professional performance in relation to his treatment of Mr Geraghty.

The inquiry has heard that Mr Geraghty had a history of heart disease, was on 'maintenance methadone' for a number of years, and had a history of drinking and taking benzodiazepine-type medication.

Among the allegations against Dr Endredi are that he failed to take an adequate history from Mr Geraghty; that his diagnosis of an upper airway infection and drug and alcohol withdrawal syndrome were inconsistent with his clinical findings; and that he failed to give adequate consideration to Mr Geraghty's cardiovascular history. Dr Endredi is contesting the allegations against him.

Damien Geraghty told the inquiry that on the evening of his brother's death, Anthony's face was grey and that he was having difficulty breathing.

Dizzy

Damien made an appointment to visit the out-of-hours clinic in Coolock. He told the inquiry that Anthony's consultation lasted up to 15 minutes and when he came out he told him he had been given an injection and a beta-blocker.

Mr Geraghty said they returned home. "He basically stood at the kitchen table and my ma came in and he just wasn't right and said 'Ma, I'm dizzy', his eyes just rolled and he was falling," he said.

The inquiry was told that Mr Geraghty was a long-term patient of Dunville House, a methadone treatment clinic but that on the day before he died, Mr Geraghty had only received a half-dose of the drug.

Counsel for Dr Endredi, Cathal Murphy BL, told the hearing that his client will give evidence that Mr Geraghty told him that he had no history of cardiac problems and was healthy.

Mr Murphy also said he will present evidence to show Mr Geraghty's heart attack had nothing to do with Dr Endredi's treatment. Dr Endredi is due to give his evidence when the case resumes today.

Irish Independent

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