A mother of three school going children who was recently admitted to the National Hospital for a stomach ailment died of surgical misadventure, additional City Coroner, Ashroff Rummy was told on Tuesday.
Giving evidence at the inquest into the death of Kumudini Nanayakkara (44), a resident of Galagedara, Padukka, her husband Wanniarachi Kankanamalage Nandasena said that his wife had been suffering from a stomach ailment for about two years. She underwent surgery at the National Hospital. The witness said that when he inquired about the condition of his wife, he was told by the doctor that during the course of the surgery heavy bleeding had developed.
However the doctor reassured him that that he would do his best to save the patient, but his wife died.
A verdict of accidental death was returned.
The Island solicited the opinion of the Additional Coroner regarding the incident.
Question: The verdict returned was accidental death. What sort of an accident was this incident.
Answer: The incident was a result of some surgical oversight during the course of the operation.
The Coroner explained that the husband of the deceased did not want to proceed with the case. He said that such action is futile and will not bring back his wife into life.
The Coroner added in reply to another question that there was a similar case sometime previously where a patient died on the operation table. At the autopsy the Judicial Medical Officer found that death was due to surgical misadventure. The Medical officer gave evidence at the inquest but no further proceedings were instituted.