Meningitis killed courageous Denise

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THE wife of former Blackpool FC manager Colin Hendry died from meningitis after a tragic “chain of events” stemming from a botched liposuction operation, a coroner ruled.

Denise Hendry, 43, endured an agonising seven-year battle with illness after the disastrous cosmetic surgery procedure in April 2002.

Her family and friends had been, “cruelly and tragically” deprived of a special person and herself “robbed” of life, an inquest in Bolton heard.

The mother-of-four suffered punctures to her bowel nine times during the “routine” surgery performed by foreign doctor Gustaf Aniansson, at the private Broughton Park Hospital in Preston.

It left mother-of-four Mrs Hendry, of West Beach, Lytham, with terrible injuries to her stomach area and she had to have a series of operations to correct the damage.

And it was after one such “high risk” 16-hour operation at Salford Royal Hospital, when she died in July 2009.

Coroner Jennifer Leeming, gave a narrative verdict after two days of evidence.

Mrs Leeming said: “I come by my conclusion again on a balance of probabilities and the evidence before me.

“Denise Hendry died of a combination of necessary ventilation following complex abdominal surgery carried out to address the consequences of previous surgery that had been performed in an attempt to deal with the complications of necessary surgical procedures, following and required, because of nine perforations of Denise Hendry’s bowel during her abdominal liposuction procedure.”

Addressing Mr Hendry directly, she added: “The respect and admiration I feel for your wife Denise as a result of her immense courage and fortitude in dealing with what happened to her is beyond words.

“You, your children, Denise’s parents and all of her family and friends have in my view been cruelly and tragically deprived of a very special person and Denise herself has been robbed of the life she so much enjoyed.

“Would you accept my most sincere condolences.”

Mrs Leeming cited brain inflammation, blood clotting from a drain inserted into her head to relieve pressure and meningitis as the medical cause of death on Mrs Hendry’s death certificate.

Doctors realised something was wrong with Mrs Hendry not long after her operation on April 22, 2009.

On May 5 there was a “sudden” neurological deterioration due to “Klebsiella Meningitis” rather than the more common “staph” strains of the brain infection.

Dr Chinari Subudhi, a microbiologist at the hospital, said he took samples from Mrs Hendry while she was in intensive care after the last 16-hour operation, on April 22, 2009.

Dr Subudhi said in his opinion a bacteria, Klebsiella, which can occur naturally in the gut, had spread from her stomach to her lungs and then to her brain.

He said the spread of the bug in the blood stream is common in critically ill patients who are on a ventilator, as was Mrs Hendry.

Outside the inquest Mr Hendry said he would not be commenting on the result.

His solicitor Stephen Jones said he could not rule out further legal action from the family.