Radlett woman died recovering in hospital from operation, inquest hears

Hatfield Coroner's Court

Hatfield Coroner's Court - Credit: Archant

A 64-year-old woman died at Watford General Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest while recovering from a hysterectomy, an inquest has been told.

Ngozi Anyiam-Osigwe, of Harper Lane in Radlett, died on May 17 this year.

Herts Coroner Edward Thoms was notified of her death because she was being dealt with under a section of the Mental Health Act.

At an inquest last Thursday (17), Mr Thomas said that Ms Anyiam-Osigwe became “known to psychiatric services in 2014, following the sudden death of her husband from bowel cancer.

“This had a profound affect on her and she also had a number of medical problems.”

Following a hysterectomy at Watford General Hospital, a mental health assistant remained with her on the ward as there were a “number of concerns reported after the operation” according to the coroner.

Mr Thomas said: “She sadly went into cardiac arrest – at that time the mental health team and her son were present – but she couldn’t be resuscitated. She died of acute cardiac failure because of hypertensive heart disease.

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“She did not die as a result of the surgery that had been carried out.”