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Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017



Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017

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week in hospital with up to four weeks full recovery. I indicated that I am aiming for cure. She is aware of the potential risks of bile or pancreas leak at surgery." 35. If he had a multidisciplinary team Mr Treacy might have undertaken more testing before coming to the conclusion that such high risk surgery was required. After excision of the tumour, the histopathology showed that there was no dysplasia or invasive malignancy. 36. If surgery had been required Mr Treacy might also have been advised to undertake a less invasive procedure such as an endoscopic resection. Dr Mittal told me that this was the appropriate operation in the circumstances and accompanied by less morbidity. 37. On 27 May 2015 surgery commenced at 10.16am. The procedure was completed at 1.11 pm. Mrs Magriplis was then moved to the Recovery Unit (Recovery). 3 8. In Recovery the staff struggled to get Mrs Magriplis' pain under control. She was given Fentanyl and Paracetamol intravenously. Eventually it was decided that the Patient Controlled Analgesia machine was not working. 39. During the time she was in surgery and Recovery her family waited outside. They couldn't get any information on how Mrs Magriplis was going. Eventually they were told that she would have to stay in Recovery until her pain was under control. 40. At 3 .45pm another machine was obtained to provide the Patient Controlled Analgesia. By 6.00pm it was decided that Mrs Magriplis could leave Recovery. 41. When she was eventually wheeled out, Mrs Magriplis told her daughter that she had extreme abdominal pain. She said she was burning inside, not feeling well and not breathing well. She looked pale. She was taken directly to the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

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