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"The sudden death of Husband"

About: The Prince Charles Hospital

(as a relative),

My husband was a very fit, active 67 year old. Suffered from gout occasionallly, had started to have minor high blood pressure.

On 6th. December complained at 11. 00am about a sore shoulder and thought he had strained a muscle. By 3. 00pm he had gone down on the bowls green with severe pain and clammy. Ambulance was called, arrived promptly, he was stabilised and transported to Caboolture Hospital, feeling okay and was sure that it was a strained muscle. At 6pm another spasm of pain worse than first. Waited until 11. 00pm for blood test results, explained to us that he had a mild heart attack, no1 on scale, so decided to keep him in hospital. Still in the emergency department.

At 8 am, he had breakfast, we explained that we had private health insurance so getting a bed anywhere was priority. He had lunch, still no bed available anywhere.

By 3pm, he was in distress again only more severe, He was transported urgently to Prince Charles Hospital by ambulance with Doctor. At around 5pm. an angiogram was performed. We were allowed to see him and they informed us that they had inserted a drain to drain off fluid from around his heart, he would be a "different" man in the morning, and a specialist would look at him. They assured us that he would only sleep now, he seemed to be comfortable. We left about 8pm.

By 3. 45am he was pronounced dead. We rushed to the hospital but were too late. They informed us that he had 40% of his blood outside his heart. I am at a loss to understand why he died in such a hospital, we thought that as he was in Prince Charles everything would be fine, they could do anything with hearts.

I have not received the autopsy report as yet, and I do want it to be exact, but there are many questions we have. A fit man with no previous heart problems, dies?

Their statement was " we could not believe what was happening in front of us, the machine was not saying what was happening". Was the machine faulty? Were the Doctors faulty? We want to know why he passed away.

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Response from Care Opinion Australia 10 years ago
Submitted on 29/04/2013 at 9:47 AM
Published on Care Opinion at 9:48 AM

The following response was posted by Patient Opinion on behalf of The Prince Charles Hospital.

Dear Jade,

We express our condolences to you and your family for your sad loss. We have undertaken a review of the patient’s complex clinical situation. However, we are still waiting for the Coroner’s Autopsy Report.

We are waiting until this report is available so we can give you and your family a careful and detailed explanation of your loved one’s clinical situation when we meet with you.

When this report becomes available, we will meet with you and your family and discuss the findings.

In the meantime, your family may wish to contact their counsellor at the John Tonge Centre on 3000 9342. Alternatively, I am happy for you to contact me.

Dr Stephen Ayre

Executive Director Medical Services

The Prince Charles Hospital

Ph: 3139 4220

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