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‘Dr Death’ Jayant Patel ‘correctly diagnosed patient’

Last Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 13:15

Sydney: Indian-origin doctor in Australia, Jayant Patel, correctly diagnosed the cause of bleeding in a patient who died after surgery, a court has heard.

Mervyn Morris, 75, died of complications including heart and lung failure and septicemia after the former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon removed part of his colon in an attempt to address rectal bleeding in 2003.

Giving evidence for the defence, gastroenterologist Dr Johan van den Bogaerde said he had analysed Morris`s medical notes.

He concluded that Patel had correctly formed the view that the bleeding was caused by diverticular disease, the Australian reports.

Dr Johan said it was ‘very unlikely’ the profuse dark blood was caused by radiation proctitis, which the Crown alleges was the correct diagnosis.

He said he had ‘never’ seen a patient with radiation proctitis presenting symptoms similar to those Morris had when he came to hospital in May 2003, the report said.

Several other witnesses for the Crown have given evidence that Morris suffered from radiation proctitis, which could be treated with iron tablets and blood transfusions, it added.


First Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 13:14
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