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The Northern Territory news Wed 8 Mar 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 8 Mar 2017

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12 NEWS WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE surgeon or nurses made a crucial error in overlooking 400ml of bile fluid that had drained out of Irene Magripilis surgical wound indicating there could be a serious problem a coronial inquest has heard. The measurement was recorded on a fluid balance chart that surgeon John Treacy said he had not seen in the days leading up to Ms Magripilis death. NT Coroner Greg Cavan Terrorists in check: Turnbull MALCOLM Turnbull says law enforcement agencies have the tools to deal with any potential terrorists in Australia. Iraqs ambassador Hussain Al-Ameri told The Australian newspaper there were concerns within the local Iraqi community that young people were being brainwashed by extremists. Mr Turnbull said the government took counter-terrorism seriously. It is a military war, if you like, in the Middle East, he said. Over the past four years there had been 62 terrorism arrests and 12 plots disrupted in Australia. Servo driveoff led to UK tourist rescue A BRITISH woman rescued from a nightmare two-month road trip through outback Queensland only came to the attention of police because she didnt pay for petrol. The 22-year-old backpacker was pulled over by police on Sunday afternoon on the Warrego Highway in the small town of Mitchell, about 600km west of Brisbane. The terrified and injured woman had fractures to her face as well as bruises and cuts. When officers searched the vehicle they found her alleged attacker hiding in a storage section of the four-wheel drive. Earlier reports suggested the car was pulled over during a routine traffic stop, but a Caltex Mitchell worker said it was because the victim drove off after a petrol stop without paying. The worker said the young woman told the service stations boss she had no money and her ex-boyfriend had her purse. The boss thought the girl was running away from an abusive relationship, she said. Its alleged the victim suffered a series of attacks between January 2 and March 5 on a journey that stretched at least 1360km from Cairns south to the outback town of Roma. A 22-year-old man from the Cairns suburb of Manunda has been charged with more than 20 offences over the ordeal. General surgeon John Treacy outside of local court after giving evidence at the inquest into the death of Irene Magripilis, who was his patient Chart check could have prevented Irenes death agh told Dr Treacy: If you didnt look at the chart, youve made a crucial error, or if the nurses didnt put it on the chart they made a crucial error. Dr Treacy said if he had seen the chart he probably would have booked the patient in for an immediate operation. He said someone must have changed the drain. The inquest heard Ms Magripilis family felt medical staff shut (them) out during her last days, and were not given adequate information on the risk of death from the complex surgery. Dr Treacy operated on Ms Magripilis to remove a potentially dangerous bowel tumour at Darwin Private Hospital on May 27, 2015. She became unwell the next day and her condition deteriorated, and she was transferred to intensive care at Royal Darwin Hospital. Dr Treacy diagnosed her with pancreatitis and a chest infection following a blood test and CT scan. He reoperated at 2am on May 29, and found a bile leak, which had flooded her abdo men, as a result of a stitch coming undone. The leak caused sepsis, and later multi-organ failure. Ms Magripilis died on May 30. Dr Treacy broke down on the witness stand. He said he believed things could have been done better, and he now worked closely with another Darwin-based surgeon and gastroenterologist, but didnt have that benefit when he operated on Ms Magripilis. Im optimistic now (surgeons and the hospitals) are in a better position, so people in future may not suffer, he said. If presented with such a case now I would have a second local opinion and would be more likely to proceed by endoscopic therapy. The inquest heard Dr Treacy had performed about four or five of the same surgeries in the past. He said of 1576 moderate risk ERCP procedures since 1997 which he performed twice on Ms Magripilis before the surgery to obtain biopsies 15 of his patients had died. ELLIE TURNER For knowing where you stand

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