11 December 2013
Widower Condemns Hospital after Wife Dies in Childbirth
A father-of-two has spoken of his ‘devastation’ after his wife died from ‘massive blood loss’ in childbirth following mistakes by hospital staff.
PC Diane Patt, 34, suffered a heart attack after losing five litres of blood at Colchester General Hospital – now in special measures - in September 2011. As a result, she died shortly before midnight on Sunday, September 18, 2011.
But a consultant had told the inquest that she would have survived the birth if her blood had been replaced. The Coroner found ‘very serious failings’ in the case when returning a verdict of neglect.
Following the verdict, widower Sgt Major Jason Patt, whose daughter survived the birth, said, “My family has been devastated by the errors made by the hospital which has taken a wonderful mother and wife away from us.
“I had many unanswered questions before the inquest and I am pleased that the Coroner has carried out such a thorough review. She identified a succession of very serious failings in Diane’s care but my family will now have to deal with the consequences. I can only hope that the hospital learns from its mistakes so that the same does not happen to someone else.”
Slater and Gordon, Medical Negligence Lawyer, Paul Sankey, said, “A thorough investigation by the Coroner has revealed devastating criticisms of Mrs Patt’s management. It is difficult to understand why anaesthetists failed to respond to Mrs Patt’s very extensive blood loss and give her adequate replacement fluids.
“It seems clear that with adequate management she would not have died and proper care would have avoided such a catastrophic loss to her family. The clinicians need to learn from their avoidable errors and the hospital management must ensure that all concerned learn from this tragedy”
Paul Sankey is a Medical Negligence Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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