Inability to absorb food, following a gastric bypass surgery last year, led to the death of a former nurse, an inquest at Brighton County Court was told.
67-year-old Virginia Humphrey had undergone this procedure on August 31st last year in a bid to get back to shape as she was morbidly obese.
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Post surgery last year, she had recovered well and the progress was in line with expectations.
She was recently admitted to the hospital with extreme weight loss and vomiting; she had lost 10 stone in six months. Finally, she passed away on May 9th this year.
The inquest heard that the surgeons who performed the operation at University College London Hospital (UCLH) may not have got the correct measurements before they carried out the procedure.
Incorrect measurements may have led to improper length of the common channel which may have reduced the ability to absorb food.
Coroner Victoria Hamilton-Deeley said: "It seems from all the evidence we've heard at the minute that something in the operation has gone wrong and this has resulted in malabsorbtion taking place and as a result Mrs Humphrey has died. It seems surgery in August had effectively gone awry in a way that resulted in her being unable to absorb nutrition appropriately or correctly."
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