Lancashire

Colin Hendry's disgust over wife's former surgeon

Former Scotland footballer Colin Hendry has said he is disgusted a doctor, whose botched operation shortened his wife's life, is still practising.

Dr Gustaf Aniansson's liposuction procedure led to seven years of poor health for Denise Hendry, who died in July 2009, an inquest heard.

The operation took place at the private Broughton Park Hospital near Preston, Lancashire.

Dr Aniansson is still practising medicine in his native Sweden.

Mr Hendry said: "I can't believe he is still working in this industry."

Coroner Jennifer Leeming gave a narrative verdict at the inquest at Bolton Coroner's Court on Tuesday.

Dr Aniansson was notified of the inquest, but did not attend and instead sent a written statement in which he described the operation as "uneventful", when in fact she was rushed into intensive care.

One doctor tried to report Dr Aniansson to the General Medical Council to get him struck off but he voluntarily removed himself from the British medical register in 2003.

'Reckless and careless'

"It goes all the way back to 2002 with Gustaf Aniansson, the original surgeon who conducted the liposuction and made an absolute hash of it," said Mr Hendry.

"He was just reckless and careless."

He added: "I'm disgusted, I'm sure his life is a good life.

"It concerns me that he is still practising."

The coroner cited brain inflammation, blood clotting from a drain inserted into her head to relieve pressure and meningitis as the medical cause of death on Mrs Hendry's death certificate.

The footballer's wife died after bacteria spread from her stomach to her brain causing meningitis.

Image caption Denise Hendry had a seven-year battle with illness after the botched surgery

She had endured a seven-year battle with illness after the liposuction operation.

Mrs Hendry suffered nine punctures to her bowel and died during one of several operations to correct the damage.

The court heard how the mother-of-four underwent the "routine" cosmetic surgery performed by Dr Aniansson.

She had to have a series of operations to correct the damage, and it was during one such "high risk" 16-hour operation at Salford Royal Hospital when she died in July 2009.

Legal action

Dr Aniansson is still listed as practising plastic surgery at the Nacka Hospital in Stockholm.

Sweden's Department of Health said it was aware of Mr Aniansson's actions in the UK and was looking into it.

Nobody at the Nacka Hospital was available for comment.

Mr Hendry has not ruled out further legal action from the family.

Mr and Mrs Hendry, who lived in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, had been together for 25 years and had four children, Rheagan, Kyle, Calum and Niamh.

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