Widower calls for hospital investigation

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 October 2010 | UPDATED: 12:58 04 November 2010

Faye McLaughlin

Faye McLaughlin

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A HEARTBROKEN widower has called for an urgent investigation into the circumstances of his wife's death at Weston General Hospital.

Faye McLaughlin

Keith McLaughlin’s wife Faye was rushed from their home in Ash Road, Banwell to the hospital on May 23 after two nights of agonising back pain.

Mrs McLaughlin, 60, was diagnosed with an ulcer on May 30 by which point it had already ruptured and her vital organs had started to shut down. She died on July 21 after three emergency operations and having been in intensive care for six weeks.

Her 63-year-old husband says the circumstances of his wife’s death have left a lot of unanswered questions, such as why it took seven days for doctors to diagnose the ulcer, and why she was prescribed a treatment of painkillers and physiotherapy prior to the diagnosis.

Mr McLaughlin said: “Faye was petrified of hospitals and when she first became ill I remember thinking that I wished I could change places with her and take the pain away.

“I watched helplessly as day after day she slowly deteriorated. She became doubly incontinent, was barely eating and was being sick. The day they finally diagnosed the ulcer I remember her stomach was so swollen she looked six months pregnant and she was bringing up black mucus.

“When the surgeon told me she had a ruptured ulcer and that they needed to operate urgently to try to save her life I was in shock, but even then I believed she’d pull through.

“The doctors removed her stomach and fitted her with a pacemaker, and after that she improved so much, I thought she would be home in a matter of weeks.

“She was moved to the Cheddar intermediate ward on July19, but within a couple of days she had gone from 95 per cent to zero.

“Faye’s death has left me heartbroken. We had been together for 42 years and we were totally devoted to each other. I cannot rest until I get answers about the circumstance of her death.”

The hospital has declined to comment.

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