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89-year-old woman dies after operation at West Suffolk Hospital




Suffolk Coroners Court (2076456)
Suffolk Coroners Court (2076456)

An elderly woman who initially appeared to be recovering from surgery which doctors had considered risky then died from hospital-acquired pneumonia, an inquest was told.

Doreen Taylor, 89, had suffered a spiral fracture to her thigh in a fall in the bathroom of her home at Highwood Court in Gazeley on September 26.

Because of Mrs Taylor’s other health problems, surgery to insert a metal rod to repair the bone was considered high risk but the operation at the West Suffolk Hospital appeared to have involved no complications.

An inquest on January 7 at Suffolk Coroner’s Court in Ipswich heard the next day Mrs Taylor seemed alert and was improving but, in the early hours of the following day, her breathing became laboured and she died that afternoon.

Assistant Suffolk coroner, Dr Daniel Sharpstone concluded Mrs Taylor died as a result of hospital-acquired pneumonia following surgery.