An inquest has been held in to the death of an 85-year-old Driffield woman who died at Scarborough Hospital following surgery.
The inquest, held at Scarborough Rugby Club, heard that Jean McGahey, who lived at the White House residential home, was admitted to on August 2, 2013 as an emergency with a suspected small bowel obstruction.
Giving evidence, consultant surgeon Carl Mainprize said that the standard procedure in such cases was to treat conservatively, only carrying out surgery if doctors suspect the bowel was dying.
He explained that when reviewing Miss McGahey after 48 hours, it looked as though surgery might be necessary.
Mr Mainprize said that, after a discussion with the patient, and giving her time to think about it, she said she would like to proceed, fully understanding the procedure would be high risk.
He told the inquest that the operation had been difficult, but that it had gone very well.
Miss McGahey was admitted to the high dependency unit.
Her condition deteriorated by the end of the week and she was treated for possible aspiration pneumonia and she died 12 days after surgery.
Coroner Michael Oakley recorded a verdict of “death by misadventure due to complications following surgery”.