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DVT clues missed, widower claims

Kay Jones
Kay Jones's family said they plan to take legal action

A Devon man has told an inquest medics missed several chances to save his wife following complications after surgery.

Geoff Jones, of Chulmleigh, told the inquest at Honiton that his wife, Kay, 59, suffered "classic" symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in early 2008.

He said she flagged it up at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but the inquest heard staff examined Mrs Jones for DVT symptoms and did not find any.

Coroner Elizabeth Earland recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

She told the inquest that although the operation was intended, the consequences were not.

Legal action

The inquest heard Mrs Jones had undergone a routine operation at the hospital but afterwards suffered breathing problems and a cold leg which, Mr Jones alleges, were classic symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

He told the inquest his wife had told doctors and nurses at a series of appointments after the surgery but claimed no action was taken.

As well as several doctors and nurses telling the inquest they failed to find any symptoms of DVT, they also added that they could not recall Mrs Jones reporting problems with her legs as being a particularly significant issue.

In a statement, the NHS said Mrs Jones had died as a result of recognised surgery complications and offered their "sincere condolences" to her relatives.

Mrs Jones's family said they were going to sue the NHS for neglect.

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