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Granddad died after patient was ‘mistakenly’ given operation over him

Granddad died after patient was 'mistaknely' given operation over him
John Brackenbury sufferd a cerebral haemorrhage (Picture: SWNS)

A grandfather died from a cerebral haemorrhage after another patient was mistakenly prioritised for an operation over him, an inquest heard.

John Brackenbury, 70, from Thetford, Norfolk, had needed surgery within 48 hours after suffering a severe bleed on the brain on November 29, 2016.

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But his treatment was delayed at Addenbrooke’s hospital, in Cambridge, and he died on December 2 – a day after he had been scheduled to have the operation.

Consultant neuro-radiologist Dr Yogish told Norfolk Coroners’ Court Mr Brackenbury would have probably survived if he was operated on earlier because the highest risk of a further bleed is within 24 hours of a haemorrhage.

He added the operation was cancelled as doctors mistakenly believed he suffered a haemorrhage at the QEH, weeks before being admitted to Addenbrooke’s, and so another patient was prioritised.

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Granddad died after patient was 'mistaknely' given operation over him
An operation was delayed for John Brackenbury (Picture: SWNS)

But consultant neurosurgeon Rikin Trivedi said it was ‘inconceivable’ doctors would not have known his condition.

Norfolk coroner Yvonne Blake was concerned Dr Joshi had or did not remember the dates on the scans he viewed at the inquest and found him ‘vague and unconvincing’.

But Ms Blake stopped short of ruling the hospital had been neglectful, saying: ‘He [Mr Brackenbury] had been diagnosed promptly with an aneurysm which needed specialist treatment for which he was waiting.

‘It cannot therefore, in my opinion, be proper to say that the clinicians/hospital were grossly neglectful in his treatment.’

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Ms Blake delivered a narrative conclusion, saying Mr Brackenbury had died of a cerebral haemorrhage whilst awaiting specialist treatment.

She said his death was ‘an individual rather than systematic failure’.

A statement from Mr Brackenbury’s family described him as a ‘very independent and active 70-year-old’.

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‘John was a devoted husband and father and his passing has left a huge hole in all of our lives. The nature of how he died and the suffering he endured haunts us all,’ the family added.

‘Indeed, what is most tragic is that his loss was so avoidable.’

They had revealed their concern by the lack of communication by hospital staff and said his daughter Jenny was considering quitting as a nurse because she was upset with the way her dad had been treated.

Tim Deeming, a specialist medical negligence lawyer from Slater and Gordon, which represents the family, said: ‘We hope lessons can be learned from the failings in this tragic case across the NHS to ensure that improvements are made.’

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