Misdiagnosed man killed by asbestos

A MAN who was misdiagnosed in hospital died from asbestos exposure, Flax Bourton Coroners Court heard last week.

Ronald Goldsworthy, aged 70, of Coulson Drive, Weston, was working as a boiler fitter in the late 1950s and early 1960s, conditions which would have led to him being exposed to asbestos, the coroner heard.

He was initially diagnosed with a type of mesothelioma in 2008.

But after review by a series of doctors, his diagnosis was changed.

But his condition then deteriorated three years later and he was again diagnosed with the disease before he died on May 21.


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Coroner Terrence Moor read a doctor’s report stating that the normal life expectancy with the disease is six months. He said: “It is highly unusual for a man with a dying notice to survive for three years. One possible explanation is that he developed it during the last year of his life.”

Mr Moor said: “I have little doubt that his exposure to asbestos would be sufficient and on that basis the verdict is death by industrial disease.”

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