Man's chemo halted after he was struck by a bus
CHEMOTHERAPY treatment was halted for a man suffering from cancer who was left paralysed when he was struck by a bus, writes Gareth Naughton.
Patrick Duffy (48) from Hollytree Square in Ballymun, Dublin 11, died on January 5, 2009, six months after the accident as a result of complications from colon cancer that pre-existed his paralysis.
Dublin Coroner's Court heard that Mr Duffy was cycling into town on July 31, 2008, when he was struck by the Bus Eireann vehicle. He was taken to the Mater Hospital where he remained in a coma until mid-October. He was left paralysed from the chest down.
He had been undergoing chemotherapy for terminal colon cancer but scans taken before the accident showed it was no longer working.
Dr Liam Grogan said Mr Duffy would have been offered an alternative chemotherapy strategy if the accident had not occurred.
The jury returned a narrative verdict outlining the facts.