Sussex

Gastric bypass woman's inquest verdict reserved

Virginia Humphrey
Image caption Virginia Humphrey lost 10 stone in six months following surgery

A coroner has reserved her verdict at the inquest of a former nurse who died following gastric bypass surgery.

Virginia Humphrey lost 10 stone (64kg) in six months following the procedure on 31 August last year. She died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 9 May.

The inquest at Brighton County Court heard the mother-of-three, who lived in Brighton, emailed her daughter to say her life had become a "nightmare".

Veronica Hamilton-Deeley is expected to record a verdict on 9 November.

The three-day inquest heard that Mrs Humphrey, who had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, suffered from malnutrition and was "unable to absorb nutrients" following the surgery.

Her son Kevin Humphrey said she had become so weak she had had to use a wheelchair in her last few months and he had had to carry her up the stairs to the house they shared.

It was also told surgeons might have got their measurements wrong.

But James Hewes, a trainee surgeon who carried out the operation alongside consultant bariatric surgeon Marco Adamo, said if that was the case he would have expected her to have shown symptoms such as diarrhoea within weeks.

The inquest also heard Mrs Humphrey might not have told hospital staff just how ill she felt.

She was admitted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 7 May 2011 "with vomiting and extreme weight loss" and died two days later.

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