Romford mum died after undergoing weight loss surgery
PUBLISHED: 15:56 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:53 01 August 2013
The surgeon who carried out a weight loss operation on a young mum who later died has been suspended from his hospital job, it has emerged this week.
The consultant has also been temporarily banned from performing any laparoscopic (keyhole) or open bariatric (weight loss) surgery by the General Medical Council (GMC), while it investigates.
Mum-of-three Jane White, 39, of Old Church Gardens, Romford, died last year.
She suffered “multiple organ failure” little over a week after a gastric bypass at Whittington Hospital, Islington, north London, an inquest heard in June.
The former Gallows Corner Tesco worker was released from hospital too soon after the operation last September 4, an inquest found and she was re-admitted after developing complications. A re-operation undertaken at The Whittington days later was “inadequately performed”, the coroner said.
He determined that a basic surgical procedure involving cleaning part of her stomach had not been properly carried out, causing an infection, and she died on September 12.
Her devastated husband Mr White, 42, said: “I miss her. She’s gone and I still can’t believe it.
“The TV and radio are on when I’m at home but I’m not really listening to them. I’m just sitting here every day and every night thinking about what’s happened. I don’t care about anything anymore.”
Twenty-four stone Mrs White, who had shed two stone to undergo the elective bypass, was “over the moon” to be going under the knife, Mr White said.
Mrs White had opted for the operation to alleviate back pain she suffered as a result of her weight, and to allow her to begin training as a bus driver.
“She was so stubborn,” said her forklift driver husband. “She had been talking about the surgery for two years and no one could talk her out of it.”
Mrs White came home after surgery on Friday, September 7, but was taken to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, two days later with stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. She was transferred back to The Whittington, telling Mr White: “I’m sorry – I love you,” before she died in intensive care.
A hospital spokesman said: “A consultant general surgeon was excluded in December 2012. The trust is cooperating with the GMC who they notified about the exclusion.”
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