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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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114. She was taken back into theatre at 2.00am. Mr Treacy found a 3 millimetre hole in the duodenum and bile throughout the abdomen. He said of the earlier operation: "I put in several stitches, one of those stitches and I don't know why, either ca1ne undone, or cut through, or for whatever reason at one point at one location within the bowel, the duodenum, there was a gap and bile was leaking from that gap at the site where a previous incision had been made in the bowel. "20 115. He closed the hole and washed out the abdomen. He left the abdomen open in the expectation of repeating the wash out. Death 116. However, it was too late. Mrs Magriplis continued to deteriorate and went into multi-organ failure. At 11.30am that morning a meeting was held with the family and the very poor prognosis was explained. 117. The family sought second opinions. They were provided and it was confirmed that there was nothing that could be done at that point to save the life of Mrs Magriplis. She died at 11.30am the following day, 30 May 2015. 118. An autopsy was performed by Dr John Rutherford. In his opinion she died of "septic complications following surgical resection of duodenal ampullory adenoma"_ RESPONSES 119. The responses to the death of Mrs Magriplis by both Mr Treacy and the Darwin Private Hospital are deserving of comment. Mr Treacy 120. On 12 October 2015 Mr Treacy made a statutory declaration about his involvement in the care and treatment of Mrs Magriplis. The declaration was 20 Transcript p.122 22

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