Clot killed healthy man after surgery
A ROUTINE operation ended in tragedy for a "fit and healthy" man who had injured his knee while on holiday in Norway the week before.
Sean Dehaney, 44, of St Saviours Road, West Croydon, died four days after what should have been a routine operation to fix a tendon rupture.
An inquest into his death was held at Croydon Coroners' Court on Tuesday, when it was heard that Mr Dehaney, a delivery driver, had a history of knee problems, but was otherwise a "fit and healthy man" who "kept himself active and didn't drink or smoke".
Coroner Dr Roy Palmer heard that Mr Dehaney had hurt his knee and on March 19 it started to swell.
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The Accident and Emergency team at Croydon University Hospital decided it needed to be fixed and Mr Dehaney underwent surgery the next day, with the operation going smoothly.
He was discharged on March 21, but three days later a blood clot which had formed in the knee made its way up to his lung, causing a heart attack that he never recovered from.
Paramedics worked to save his life at his home for an hour after being called at around 7pm on March 24, then took him to hospital where resuscitation continued. He was pronounced dead at 9.05pm that evening.
Recording a narrative verdict, Dr Palmer said: "I find the only conclusion is that Mr Dehaney died due to complications following appropriate and necessary hospital treatment."