In England. Where guns are outlawed.
A woman died after doctors placed a heart valve upside down during surgery. Sheila Hynes was being treated at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The 71-year-old great-grandmother suffered severe internal bleeding during the operation, which caused major damage to her heart. The procedure was led by Asif Raza Shah.
Really, there’s no limit to the many contributions of the many generations of the Shah family to the history of Great Britain. Like this one.
She never came round from the operation despite doctors’ efforts to get her heart working again. She died in intensive care one week later, the Press Association reported.
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that the mistake had caused Hynes’ death and that Shah still works at the Freeman.
Hey, a guy shouldn’t lose his job, just because he’s incompetent at it. This is government medical care!
Hynes’ daughter, Jan Hopper, 55, said the family were still distraught over the death. She told PA: “My life has been destroyed by what happened to my mother. ….
Hynes’ initial operation was on 26 March 2015 and she died in April of that year. An inquest has been scheduled for later this year. She left behind seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was having surgery to improve her breathing, which was being restricted by inadequate blood flow.
Her daughter Hopper said: “I told her I loved her and said I would call later that afternoon [the day of the initial]. When I rang the hospital at 5pm they said she was still in surgery and to ring back.
“I rang back about 6pm and straight away I knew something was not right. Staff were not clear in what they were saying. They said there had been complications and to come in.”
Passing the buck. It’s what government anything does, and why it’s especially lousy at things that are matters of life and death. No accountability, no consequences, no improvement. But Britons tend to believe that without the National Health, they’d be back in the dark days of barber surgeons.
Instead of public employee surgeons, which is kind of like letting the Registry of Motor Vehicles do your heart surgery.
When they arrived at the hospital the family were told by an anesthetist that Hynes had suffered a huge amount of bleeding.
Hopper said: “The surgeon came in accompanied by a nurse and when we asked why she was bleeding so heavily, he said he didn’t know and there had been problems with the left side of her heart.
He probably didn’t know. Hey, he’s a doctor, Jim, not a heart surgeon. Oh, wait….
“They hardly told us anything and as a family we felt completely ignored and left in the dark.”
Great, killed the patient, and then lied to the family about it.
And he’s still on the job. That’s the NHS for you, although to be fair many of the people it hasn’t killed yet love it.
Then again, why would they tell anything to the patient, or her grieving survivors? They’re not the customer. That would be the Ministry.
Its most near parallel in the dog’s breakfast that is American medicine, the NHS’s nearest cognate, is the Veterans’ Administration. Same dead patients, same incompetent doctors, same lack of accountability, same prioritizing the incomes of employees over the lives of patients.