DOCTORS were left baffled after a pensioner died 36 hours after major heart surgery, an inquest heard.
Patrick McGovern needed three stents fitted to unblock an artery in his heart, after he suffered a major heart attack while at his home in Eastleigh on August 6 last year.
He died two days later at Southampton General Hospital.
During the operation at the hospital, Mr McGovern developed a number of problems including very low blood pressure and no heartbeat – his heart had to be shocked back into the correct rhythm and he underwent a further emergency procedure, the inquest heard.
He had further treatment to cool his body down to aid recovery.
But doctors had said he seemed to be recovering well in the critical 24 hours afterwards, although at this stage the chances of death were at least 50 per cent, the inquest heard.
The 72-year-old died as a result of a retroperitoneal haemorrhage – bleeding in the abdominal cavity, caused by a tear in a vein that carries blood to the heart.
Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman recorded a narrative verdict.
After the inquest, Mr McGovern’s daughter Karen McGovern, of Southampton, said she wanted to thank all the staff at the hospital.