Thursday 26 April 2018

Blood clot on lung killed soccer star McShane's dad

Georgina O'Halloran

THE father of Ireland international footballer Paul McShane died suddenly when a blood clot travelled to his lungs following an ankle operation, an inquest heard.

Sean McShane (65) underwent a total right ankle replacement for arthritis at the Hermitage Medical Clinic, Dublin, on March 2, 2010.

He was discharged home to Glenview Park, Kilpeddar, Co Wicklow, on March 5. But he was rushed to St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, in the early hours of March 12 after he became unwell. He was pronounced dead some time later.

The former hurler and father-of-three died after a blood clot in his lungs due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in his right calf, Dublin County Coroner's Court heard.

Previously, he had undergone an uneventful replacement of his left ankle in 2009. Mr McShane had been on anti-clotting medication on that occasion. But Surgeon David Borton said in ankle surgery the routine was not to put patients on anti-clotting drugs, and "felt it was not warranted the second time".

With foot and ankle surgery there is an extremely low risk of a DVT, the inquest heard.

Mr McShane would have been given special stockings before the operation and placed on a special machine following the procedure, as a matter of routine, to reduce the risk of a DVT. He was also placed in an air-cast splint while walking or in bed at night.

Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

Hull City defender Paul McShane paid tribute to his father when he captained the Irish team against Italy in Liege earlier this month.

Before the match McShane said: "My dad was a major influence in my life and since I was very young, he went to every game and he was always there for me."

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