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Woman, 70, Dies Weeks After Being 'Dropped' From Operating Table

Woman, 70, Dies Weeks After Being 'Dropped' From Operating Table

Jeanette Shields, 70, was being treated for gall stones in Cumberland Infirmary

An investigation has been launched after a woman reportedly died within weeks of being dropped from an operating table.

Jeanette Shields, 70, was being treated for gall stones in Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, when she fell.

Her family said she left her bed to go to the toilet by herself after getting no response to her buzzer, but, feeling dizzy, fell and broke her hip - undergoing surgery two days later to repair it.

The hospital allegedly called her husband John to say that, while the operation had been successful, they had unfortunately 'dropped her off the operating [table] after the surgery'.

Family Handout

Speaking to the BBC, John said: "Then they had to use the sliding board to pick her up and rush her in and do scans on her.

"She had a great big bump on the back of her head and she just deteriorated and then she just passed away, just died.

"I'm shocked, I'm really shocked."

Daughter Vikki added: "You've never seen a bump like it on the bottom of her head."

Jeanette, who is from Carlisle, sadly died six weeks later on 21 May.

Cumberland Infirmary.
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John said he was initially told there would be no post-mortem into her death, but 'demanded' one was carried out.

He continued: "I demanded a post-mortem because they wouldn't do it in Carlisle, they didn't want to do it, but I've got it."

John said he felt the way the hospital had dealt with the situation was 'disgusting'.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed an investigation is now under way.

Family Handout

A spokesperson said: "An investigation is currently under way in relation to an incident involving a patient in one of our theatres.

"Our regulators are aware of the investigation.

"We are unable to comment on ongoing investigations and once it is complete, the findings will be shared with the family and with our regulators in line with normal procedure.

"The outcome of the investigation will also determine any further action that we will need to take. We remain in regular contact with the patient's family."

LADbible has reached out to North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust for comment.

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Topics: UK News, News