Man (83) died after hospital operation

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MOULTON pensioner David Baker died from breathing in his own vomit after being given an anaesthetic for an operation at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Doctors believed Mr Baker (83) had ‘adhesions’ – a build-up of scar-like tissue – blocking his lower intestine but a tumour was found during surgery.

Dr Hagar Abdalla, a consultant anaesthetist at the hospital, told an inquest in Spalding last Friday that the cancer itself was an end of life event and Mr Baker would not have survived much longer with or without aspiration of his stomach contents.

Mr Baker, of High Street, died on August 17 this year after coming round from surgery.

Pathologist Dr Elizabeth Astill, from Peterborough City Hospital, gave Mr Baker’s cause of death as aspiration of his stomach contents and cancer as the secondary cause.

Coroner Maureen Taylor recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, saying the medical intervention had unintentionally gone wrong.