Retired man died of natural causes, inquest hears

Centenary House in Durrington
Centenary House in Durrington

A retired man died of natural causes a day after undergoing an operation, an inquest into his death has revealed.

John Ross Urquhart, 90, from Bay Walk, Bognor Regis, died on December 30 at St Richards hospital in Chichester.

An inquest into his death was held at Centenary House in Worthing on Tuesday (October 4).

Mr Urquhart had been admitted to hospital in September 2015 and had suffered a bowel obstruction before developing pneumonia and a hernia.

He recovered from the pneumonia and was forwarded onto Dr Harris, a surgeon at St Richards Hospital, in December 2015, where it was decided they would operate on him to remove the hernia that had been causing him considerable pain.

This surgery took place at St Richards Hospital on December 29.

The following day (December 30), Mr Urquhart experienced a catastrophic fall in his blood pressure and it was believed that he was experiencing a cardiac arrest.

A post mortem examination into Mr Urquart’s death found that he had suffered a rupture to his spleen - not an area that was operated on - leading to his death.

The post mortem examination concluded Mr Urquhart had died of an intra abdominal haemorrhage due to hypersplenism and a myeloproliferative disorder.

West Sussex assistant coroner Karen Henderson returned a conclusion of death by natural causes in respect to Mr Urquhart’s death and the link between the surgery and his death was merely coincidental.

Ms Henderson believed there was no evidence to suggest that the surgery had caused Mr Urquhart’s death.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage

2) Like our Facebook page

3) Follow us on Twitter

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

Always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.