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Coroner to give verdict on death of Thetford grandfather who died after brain surgery was cancelled for another patient

PUBLISHED: 16:26 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 04 December 2017

A picture of John Brackenbury released by his family, who died of a haemorrhage at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Photo: Brackenbury family

A picture of John Brackenbury released by his family, who died of a haemorrhage at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Photo: Brackenbury family

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A coroner’s verdict is due within days over the death of a Thetford grandfather who died after his emergency operation was cancelled.

John Brackenbury, 70, of Lodge Road, died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on December 2, 2016, after suffering a haemorrhage only days earlier.

He was due for surgery on December 1 but another patient was prioritised over him.

At an earlier hearing in King’s Lynn coroners’ court in October, Dr Yogish Joshi, consultant neuro-radiologist at Addenbrooke’s, said doctors mistakenly believed the haemorrhage happened two weeks before he was admitted to the hospital.

But at a hearing today, consultant neurosurgeon Rikin Trivedi said it was “inconceivable” that the doctors would not have been made aware of the recent bleed.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake said she will deliver a written conclusion early next week.

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