Sunday 19 August 2018

Last memory of dad was his hospital bed 'destroyed in blood'

THE distraught daughter of a man who died after surgery in Tallaght Hospital has told how her last memory of her dad will be of him covered in blood.

Father-of-three James Deans (53) of Foxdene, Lucan died on Christmas eve last year after undergoing surgery to treat a blocked artery in his neck. He suffered a heart attack afterwards and died.

His youngest daughter Leanne (21) said when her family was allowed in to see him; "The bed was destroyed in blood; there was blood all over the floor and the sheets."



DISGRACEFUL

"To see him that way five minutes after being told my dad had died from what we thought was a simple procedure was unbelievably disgraceful."

"That's the last memory I have of my dad now."

James Deans was brought to Tallaght Hospital on December 22, 2010, after suffering a stroke.

Professor Sean Tierney performed surgery to unblock an artery in Mr Deans' neck on Christmas Eve. An inquest earlier this week heard that Mr Deans' was stable after the surgery, until he later suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

After seeing Mr Deans covered in blood, his family weren't able to view the remains for five days, Leanne said.

"We were in agony waiting. All we wanted was to see him and say a few prayers."

Leanne said her family did not learn what happened to Mr Deans until the Dublin County Coroner's Court inquest into the death earlier this week.

"I don't blame the hospital for him passing away. It's just the way we've been treated in the aftermath that's unacceptable," Leanne said.

She said that she would like to see a protocol in place at the hospital to prevent another family being treated the same way.

The inquest heard the hospital had carried out an investigation into the circumstances in which Mr Deans' family were brought to see his remains.

Professor Tierney acknowledged that the family were distressed about this.



UNSATISFACTORY

"They were unsatisfactory circumstances," said Professor Tierney, who apologised to the family for what happened.

Leanne said he had offered to meet the family after the investigation was completed.

"If he doesn't follow that up soon, we'll follow him up," she said.

Dublin County Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty returned a verdict of death by natural causes.

James Deans is survived by his wife Louise, his son Keith (26) and daughters Lisa (25) and Leanne (21).

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