World War Two veteran died after hospital procedure

AN INQUEST into the death of a Heanor D-Day veteran found doctors could have done little to save him – after hearing that his death was caused by a medical procedure.

Thomas Wyatt, 86, of Buxton Avenue, died of peritonitis on April 6, last year, having only recently been placed in remission for an abdominal lymphoma.

He had returned to Royal Derby Hospital on April 4 complaining of abdominal pain and struggling to eat. Chemotherapy had caused swelling in his duodenum, the inquest in Derby heard.

Doctor’s decided to perform balloon surgery on the area to ease the pain. He was sent home initially, but later returned with severe pains to his abdomen.

The procedure had caused a tear in Mr Wyatt’s small bowel, which lead to fatal peritonitis.

Deputy assistant coroner Louise Pinder of Derby and South Derby Coroners’ Court said in a narrative verdict that doctors has taken what they believed to be a low-risk treatment.

Speaking at the hearing Dr Andrew Coal, who performed the balloon surgery, said: “There was no clear cut evidence of peritonitis” when he sent Mr Wyatt home following the procedure.

The balloon surgery, he said, was far less risky than operating on the swollen area as Mr Wyatt had underlying heart disease.