Friday 21 July 2017

Operation came 'far too late' for woman, hearing told

Edel O'Connell

A DECISION to operate on a woman five days after she was admitted to hospital came "far too late", an expert witness told a medical watchdog hearing yesterday.

Aspects of care given to Colette Donohoe (54), from Crumlin, Dublin, by a consultant at St James's Hospital in Dublin were described as falling "seriously short" of professional standards by expert witness consultant surgeon Anthony Peel of St Bart's Cancer Centre in London.

The mother of two was admitted to St James's Hospital on Thursday, August 17, 2006, complaining of severe abdominal pain and vomiting.

She died five days later on Tuesday, August 22, of multi-organ failure and sepsis.

In a letter read out to the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Irish Medical Council (IMC) last week, her daughter Jennifer said her death had had a "devastating effect" on her family.

Ms Donohoe wrote to the IMC outlining her concerns about the care her mother had received under consultant surgeon Javaid Ahmad Butt.

Mr Butt attended the hearing yesterday, where he faced allegations of professional misconduct, including failing to arrange any or adequate treatment of a bowel obstruction.

He has yet to give evidence.

Mr Peel said that if an adequate level of monitoring was not available for Ms Donohoe, then she should have been transferred elsewhere.

He said by the time surgical intervention was instigated it was "far too late".

The hearing resumes on December 13.

Irish Independent

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