Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017
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She was in such pain after the operation that she was kept in recovery for five hours. Thereafter she constantly spoke of the extreme pain she felt, the burning in her abdomen. One can only imagine the frustration of Mrs Magriplis and her family. 6. At 7.30am on the morning after the operation her body went into septic shock. Her blood pressure dropped to 72/3 8. In the Royal Darwin Hospital that would result in a "Code Blue" emergency response. Not in the Darwin Private Hospital. The 'rapid response' policy there is to call the surgeon (who was performing other operations at the time). 7 ~ Her surgeon stated that had he known the full facts as to the drainage from her abdotnen overnight he would have taken her back to the theatre immediately. But he said he did not know the facts. He did not take the time: to investigate. He had a long theatre list that day commencing at 8.00am. -~ It was a:nother five and a half hours before Mrs Magriplis was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Darwin Hospital and only then after her blood pressure dropped to 70/30 and her respiration rate and oxygen saturation reached critical levels. 1" After completion of his theatre list Mr Treacy reviewed Mrs Magriplis at 6.50pm and then again at 8.00pm that evening. 10. He felt at that stage she had a quarter chance of death but decided against reoperation. It was not until she deteriorated further that he reoperated at 2.00am the next morning and repaired a broken stitch which had resulted in a three millimetre hole from which bile was leaking. By that time it was too late. Her organs shut down and she died. Background 11. Irene Magriplis was born 6 June 1939 in Kalymnos, Greece. She came to Australia in 1959. She was married soon after to Pantelis Magriplis and they had four daughters; Marina, Evone, Maria and Panormitisa (Tina). She was I ..;
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