A WOMEN who had difficulty eating died from an ‘unfortunate complication’ after a feeding tube was inserted into her stomach, an inquest was told.
In January Nagaratnam Pasupathy, 67, of Uxbridge Street, Burton, was admitted to Queen’s Hospital where she was treated for a chest infection.
Doctors then decided Ms Pasupathy, who was bed-bound and unable to communicate or swallow properly, should have a tube inserted into her stomach to help with her feeding.
The feeding tube is the width of a biro pen, the inquest sitting at Burton Town Hall was told.
The procedure initially appeared to have been successful and the hospital were not aware of any significant problems.
But small blood vessels in Ms Pasupthy’s stomach had been damaged when the tube was inserted causing a slow but ‘very significant’ bleed.
Her condition deteriorated and she died in the hospital on January 29.
Dr Peter Acland, who carried out the post-mortem examination, told the inquest Ms Pasupathy risked food going into her lungs if she did not have the tube inserted.
He said: “That could cause chest infections or worse.
“The procedure went satisfactorily but then she suddenly died.”
When Dr Acland carried out the post-mortem examination he found a fresh blood clot and a haemorrhage in Ms Pasupathy’s stomach.
He said: “From the time period of the operation that was a gradual slow ooze.
“There was not a large vessel which was damaged but a lot of small vessels.
“But there was a large quantity of blood.”
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh (pictured) concluded Ms Pasupathy died from complications of a medical procedure.
He said: “She was 67 when she died which is a young age to die.
“Because of the surgery procedure this is not a natural death.
“But what can be said, on the balance of probabilities, is that this is an unfortunate complication of the procedure and I do not attribute fault.
“I hope this may have been of some assistance to the family. She was clearly a poorly lady.”