Cirencester pensioner died after pancreatic cancer surgery left him with unstoppable bleeding, an inquest hears
A TERMINALLY ill Cirencester man died after an operation to treat him resulted in unstoppable bleeding, an inquest has heard.
Alfred William Dabin, 80, died on Saturday, May 25 at Cheltenham General Hospital after a surgical procedure to aid his pancreatic cancer left him haemorrhaging blood.
The inquest, at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court, heard how Mr Dabin, of 41 Chester Street in Cirencester, had been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas after doctors discovered a derangement in his liver.
Doctors sent Mr Dabin to theatre in order to have a stent fitted in his pancreas, however the operation proved to be challenging due to the size of his tumour.
During the procedure, Mr Dabin began to bleed heavily following an incision that was made by the surgeon.
Mr Dabin was sent back to the Prescott Ward in Cheltenham Hospital where he required a blood transfusion after having two further massive bleeds 24 hours apart.
Dr John Anderson, who provided evidence at the inquest in writing, said that, following Mr Darbin’s third bleed and due to his inoperable cancer, he was not fit to be sent back to surgery to stop the bleeding.
He said: “It would have been futile to consider any treatments that could have stopped the bleeding.”
Katy Skerrett, assistant deputy coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death after hearing all the evidence.
She said: “The reason why I have reached the verdict of accidental death, is that the immediate cause of death was, in fact, that procedure.
“That caused extensive bleeding and the haemorrhaging into the upper gastro-intestine. The appropriate conclusion, that I emphasise in the context of the terminal cancer, is accidental death.”