OAP dies after lung surgery
PUBLISHED: 14:27 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010
AN Inquest has heard how a Budleigh Salterton pensioner died as a result of surgery for lung cancer. June Whyment, 72, of Greenway Lane, died in November 2007 from a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, following an operation for lung cancer at Ex
AN Inquest has heard how a Budleigh Salterton pensioner died as a result of surgery for lung cancer.June Whyment, 72, of Greenway Lane, died in November 2007 from a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, following an operation for lung cancer at Exeter's Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.Devon and Exeter coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland recorded a verdict of misadventure.Dr Eraland said: "I am satisfied she would not have died when she did but for the surgery."The treatment was intended, but the result was not." The inquest heard Mrs Whyment, a retired cleaner born in Richmond, Yorkshire, was admitted to the RD&E on October 30, 2007, when it was discovered she had lung cancer. An operation to remove the tumour was carried out the following day.Five days after the operation, Mrs Whyment, widow of John Whyment, was moved to the hospital's intensive care unit after she found it hard to breathe.A scan revealed a blood clot had travelled to her lung and she was on the verge of having a heart attack.She was given a drug to dissolve the clot.Dr Earland said the treatment for cancer increased the risk of the blood clot travelling to Mrs Whyment's lung.Bringing the inquest to a close, Dr Earland apologised to Mrs Whyment's family, who were not present, for the length of time it had taken for the investigations to be heard. "It's down to a lack of resources which we are doing our very best to deal with," she said.