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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004



Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004

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again see the Deceased until Mrs Florance came home from work that evening which she said was at approximately 9.00 - 10.00pm. 23. Dr Patton was consulted by the Deceased on Wednesday 20 February 2002 at the Northern Territory University Medical Centre. Dr Patton provided a written statement (Exhibit 1 Folio 14) and was also called to give evidence. She saw the Deceased at around 10.45am on that day. It appears from the telephone records of the Florances home that the Deceased may have arranged the appointment at 9.14am that day. It appears that she attended after she had the much considered five minute and forty second telephone conversation with Dr Treacy. That is discussed in more detail later in these reasons but for now it should be noted that during that call, Dr Treacy made arrangements with the Deceased to see her at 2pm that day. Dr Patton said in her evidence that the Deceased had told her that she had attempted to see Dr Treacy but was unable to. This, along with a number of the other things that the Deceased said about her medical appointments that day, does not tally with the available evidence. Dr Patton does not appear to have been told of the telephone conversation that the Deceased had only just concluded with Dr Treacy. This also is very puzzling. 24. Dr Patton said that the Deceased complained of pain and gave, her a brief history of the surgery she had undertaken. She said however that the Deceased did not place any great emphasis on the pain nor did she describe any change in the pain. Dr Patton said that the Deceased told her that she was due to see Dr Treacy to have her dressings changed and accordingly asked Dr Patton to do that instead. Dr Patton told the Deceased that she should be reviewed by Dr Treacy. She said that she told the Deceased that she had no experience in post operative conditions generally and particularly had only limited knowledge of the gastric banding procedure. 25. Dr Patton described the results of her examination. As with Dr McNair two days earlier, the Deceased claimed that she could not lie down for a proper 10

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