Pauline Webster inquest: Gastric surgery complications missed

Pauline Webster Image copyright Webster family
Image caption Pauline Webster developed a rare condition in the days after her surgery

A woman who had a gastric bypass after failed attempts to lose weight died from rare complications following surgery, an inquest has heard.

Pauline Webster, from Nottingham, was more than 20 stone when she had the operation at Derby Hospital in 2012.

An inquest heard Mrs Webster, 45, had the weight loss procedure despite its risks, but died three days later.

The hospital's trust admitted chances to spot Mrs Webster's worsening condition after surgery were missed.

The Derbyshire coroner heard Mrs Webster had waited two years to have the operation on the NHS and had been told by her surgeon, Paul Leeder, there was a 1 in 200 risk of death.

A pathologist said Mrs Webster's surgery had been successful but afterwards she developed a rare condition known as abdominal compartment syndrome.

She suffered multi-organ failure and died in intensive care days later.

Image caption Solicitor Simon Mansfield said Mrs Webster's death had been a "great shock" to the family

Derby Hospital's Trust admitted it had missed an opportunity to spot Mrs Webster's deteriorating condition.

Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield apologised and said since 2012 they had made "significant changes".

Speaking on behalf of Mrs Webster's husband, David Webster, solicitor Simon Mansfield, said: "Pauline was a kind, loyal and loving wife and mother.

"Her loss will be forever felt and she will never be forgotten by those she has left behind.

"It is important circumstances around Pauline's death are properly investigated and, if necessary, lessons learnt and taken on board."

All the evidence has been heard and the coroner will conclude the inquest on 9 October.

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