SHAW V HM CORONER FOR LEICESTER CITY AND SOUTH LEICESTERSHIRE  EWCA Civ 294 (QB) The deceased died in hospital in September 2007 aged 86. His daughter was appealing the decision of the Divisional Court to refuse to grant her application for judicial review of the inquest into her father’s death. In 2007 the deceased had been diagnosed with a defective heart valve. He suffered from aortic valve stenosis, a progressive disease which could prove fatal. Treatment might be by open heart surgery, but that carried obvious risks. An alternative treatment was undertaken, known as Transaortic Valve Implantation “TAVI”. The procedure involved placing an artificial valve into the defective valve via a catheter in the femoral artery. Shortly after the new valve had been fitted, the deceased began to bleed from his aorta. It was decided to open his chest to determine the source of bleeding. Doctors did their best to stem the blood flow, and insert drains. Full report here.
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