December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A hospital trust gave a 74-year-old woman the correct treatment before she died due to a rare condition, an inquest heard.
Yvonne Goodson, from Spixworth Road, Horsham St Faith, was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after falling and suffering a stroke at her home.
She was unable to speak so could not give her consent but hospital bosses found she met the right criteria to undergo thrombolysis treatment, which is used to restore cerebral blood flow to patients with acute ischemic stroke and can lead to improvement.
The family was told there was a very small chance that the treatment could cause a brain haemorrhage, but were informed that the benefits outweighed the risks.
Mrs Goodson was given the required drug but because of an underlying rare condition she suffered from, that leads to bleeding, she reacted badly, and suffered a severe brain haemorrhage, which was revealed by a CT scan. This rare condition could not have been detected during her lifetime.
She died the following week in hospital after her condition deteriorated.
Summing up, Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said she was satisfied that the hospital did all it could and made the best decisions available to them, and concluded that Mrs Goodson died “as a result of a rare but recognised risk from an appropriate medical procedure”.
The cause of death was given as intracerebral haemorrhage due to a cerebral amyloid angiopathy and thrombolysis.
Mrs Goodson had fallen at her home on December 9, 2012. She had suffered a previous stroke in January of that year, but had recovered. She died in hospital on December 18, 2012.
for more on the inquest see tomorrow’s EDP and Evening News