A HOOLE man who died from post-operational difficulties was recorded as a death by misadventure at an inquest.
John Edmund Owen, 71, of Cedar Grove, died on June 22, 2008, three days after a complicated prostate operation.
Widow Barbara Owen paid tribute to her late husband, saying he was very popular and a well-respected man, and would get everyone laughing.
Mr Owen had a troubled medical history, suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, not helped by being a life-long smoker.
He also suffered from more than one heart attack and latterly had problems with his prostate.
It was this which Cheshire coroner Nicolas Rheinberg said was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” and led to a reduced quality of life.
To alleviate the situation, a transurethal resection of the prostate had to be performed, but there were risks associated with the procedure owing to Mr Owen’s poor health, and the time difference between stopping prescribed medication to thin his blood and the operation.
Mr Owen was advised by Dr Richard Nelson, a consultant anaesthetist at the Countess of Chester, there was a 10-15% risk associated with this operation.
Although the operation was satisfactory, problems occurred later with internal bleeding and Mr Owen’s condition deteriorated.
Mr Rheinberg said without any criticism of the surgery, the procedure did “tip the balance against Mr Owen”.
Verdict: Death by misadventure.