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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IN THE CORONERS COURT AT DARWIN IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA No. D0036/2002 In the matter of an Inquest into the death of SOUZANA AFIANOS ON 21 FEBRUARY 2002 AT ROYAL DARWIN HOSPITAL FINDINGS (Delivered 16 January 2004) Mr V LUPPINO SM: 1. Souzana Afianos ( the Deceased) died in the Accident & Emergency Department of the Royal Darwin Hospital at 7.20am on 21 February 2002. The cause of death was a secondary haemorrhage following a surgical procedure performed by Dr P Treacy in the Darwin Private Hospital namely, a stomach gastric banding operation. 2 . The death in this case was unexpected for the reasons appearing in the body of these findings. As such it fell within the definit ion of reportable death in section 12 of the Coroners Act. An Inquest on the facts of this case is not mandatory and this Inquest has been held in exercise in exercise of the discretion given by section 15(2) of the Act. 3 . The Inquest commenced at Darwin on Monday 11 November 2002 and concluded on Wednesday 6 August 2003. Counsel Assist ing was Mr Tippett QC. Mr Glascott sought leave to appear on behalf of the family of the Deceased. Mr Lawrence, instructed by Paul Maher, sought leave to appear on behalf of Dr Peter John Treacy. Mr Richard Bruxner, instructed by l