63-year-old dies after blunder in operation

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A CORONER is set to write to a hospital trust after the death of a man following an operation.

An inquest in Chichester heard that former engineer Alexander McLellan, 63, from Eastergate, West Sussex, died of multiple organ failure after surgeons inadvertently perforated his bowel during an operation.

It came as he was undergoing a keyhole procedure to remove an adrenal gland at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr David Skipp recorded a narrative verdict and said: ‘Mr McLellan was known to have metastatic disease as a result of cancer of the colon.

‘He underwent a laparoscopic adrenalectomy on 26th September 2011.

‘He subsequently developed intra-abdominal complications of a small bowel perforation which led to multi-organ failure and death.’

He said he would be writing to the Trust to express concerns about some of the evidence he had heard, but did not identify what it would specifically refer to.