Leg amputation was not cause of death for Blackburn man
11:57am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A LEG amputation was not responsible for the death of a Blackburn man, an inquest has found.
Anthony Marsden, a retired maintenance man from Blackburn, who underwent the surgery at Royal Blackburn Hospital after suffering complications caused by diabetes.
Mr Marsden, 72, who lived in Wimberley Street died in the hospital on June 6 after contracting broncho pneumonia due to an already weakened condition caused by numerous health issues, including vascular disease, contributed to by the operation.
An independent pathologist explained that Mr Marsden had been told of the risks of performing the surgery but would have died if he had not been operated on due to contracting a gangrenous infection.
Senior coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Michael Singleton, who delivered a narrative verdict, said: “He was between a rock and a hard place.
“There were considerable risks but he wanted to take that chance.
“When diabetes takes hold it does so in a very destructive way but it seems from what I have heard that Mr Marsden was a fighter right up until the end.”
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