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Posted on 8th March 2017

Woman dies after a surgeon’s blunder

Surgeons inserted a heart valve upside down in 71-year-old great-grandmother which caused massive internal bleeding.

What should have been a routine operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, caused irreversible damage to her heart.

Mrs Hynes never came around after the operation and died a week later.

The great-grandmother had the surgery to improve her breathing, which was being hampered by the inadequate blow flow from her heart.

Mrs Hynes' daughter, Jan Hopper, 55, from Haltwhistle in Northumberland, told the BBC: "My life has been destroyed by what happened to my mother. My mother was the picture of health that week and I can remember saying to her 'mum, you look absolutely stunning'."

It took staff at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle three days after the operation to tell the family that an error had been made during surgery.

"We were told that putting the heart valve on the wrong way had caused her heart to balloon up and expand, and when it contracted the wall of her heart was pierced on an instrument.

"We still haven't come to terms with what happened. It has been traumatic", said Mrs Hooper.

The trust in charge of the hospital have admitted a breach of duty and the mistake which caused Mrs Hynes’s death.

A trust statement said: "Our thoughts are with Mrs Hynes' family at this difficult time and we would like again to offer our sincere condolences to them."

Mrs Hynes died in April 2015, an inquest into her death has been scheduled for this year.

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