The family of a woman who died after undergoing cancer treatment was not told about a serious medical error that occurred during the operation.

Deborah O’Hara was having a kidney removed due to a cancerous growth that had been identified.

During the procedure two of her arteries were accidentally cut, leaving her with reduced blood and oxygen supply. The mother-of-three died two days later.

After her death the coroner signed the death certificate, which cited the cause of death as a lack of blood supply to her organs following a surgical procedure.

However, it has now become apparent that the hospital did not explicitly state that a surgical error had been made. Assistant coroner Emma Whitting said in a statement that:

“The hospital did not make the coroner aware of any surgical error at the time of death or subsequently until the matter was brought to the coroner’s attention by solicitors for the family.”

The husband of Mrs O’Hara said that he did not realise her death could have been caused by a surgical error. He only found out when the BBC, which was investigating the matter, approached him for comment.

The hospital has said Mrs O Hara’s death had been reviewed and recommendations implemented.

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