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Pensioner's Death Was Avoidable

Louise Tyler, head of the Clinical Negligence Team at Wilson Browne Solicitors played a pivotal role in obtaining justice for a pensioner who underwent unnecessary surgery.

Her reputation is such that the client went to lengths to seek her out and approached her from London.

An inquest was told that  Mr Alfred John Lee, underwent surgery following a misdiagnosis and subsequently passed away: the surgery was avoidable.
Mr Lee, aged 76 of Newham, underwent bowel surgery at Whipps Cross Hospital on June 16th 2015 and was discharged on June 26th 2015. He died very shortly after on 2nd July 2015 from multi organ failure, as a result of systemic sepsis brought on by an anastomotic leak.
Professor J.H. Scholefield, an independent expert in colorectal surgery, was called by Her Majesty’s Coroner, Mr Ian Wade QC, to provide an opinion as to the standard of care Mr Lee received.
Professor Scholefield told the Inquest that if there had not been a misdiagnosis of bowel cancer following a colonoscopy, Mr Lee would not have had the surgery which ultimately led to his demise. In addition, Professor Scholefield told the Inquest that Mr Lee should not have been discharged on 26th June 2015: had he not been, a leak would have been detected and Mr Lee would have received appropriate treatment.
Following the Inquest, Mr Lee’s daughter, Jacqueline Cunningham, said:

We are happy with the evidence that came out at the Inquest today, if things had been done differently, we feel that Dad would be with us today. Although we understand the extreme pressures that the NHS is under, the consequences of discharging an elderly and vulnerable patient too soon are clear for all to see.

Mrs Cunningham added:

Someone is accountable for my father’s death which I feel was caused by the many mistakes that were made and I will not rest until I have justice. Although any changes will not bring dad back to us, we don’t want to see any more families go through the pain and suffering that we have experienced over the last 18 months.

Mr Lee’s family were represented by barrister Mamta Gupta of No5 Chambers, who in turn was instructed by Louise Tyler of Wilson Browne Solicitors.
Since Mr Lee’s death, Barts Health NHS Trust has implemented a number of changes including  recruiting more histopatholgists and apportioning cancer patients needing surgery between Whipps Cross and Royal London hospitals, a new pathway for the treatment of bowl cancer patients.
National coverage HERE