Kerry surgeon conveys condolences to family of man who died of aneurysm

The inquest into the death of a man heard how his wife knew he was dead or dying as she rushed him to a Tralee hospital for treatment. coroners courtTimothy Buckley of Doon East Ballybunion died on the 6th of December last year of an aortic aneurysm, an aneurysm in his chest. Consultant Surgeon Kevin Murray said he was acutely aware that the inquest was taking place on the first anniversary of Mr. Buckley’s death; he conveyed his condolences to the Buckley family, which they accepted. North Kerry’s Coroner Court heard how on the 29th November last year, GP Dr. Nasir Rafique initially thought his patient Timothy Buckley was having a heart attack. He said the 65 year old was distressed and complaining of chest pain; an ambulance was called to take his patient to Kerry General Hospital. Consultant Surgeon at Kerry General Hospital Kevin Murray said tests conducted on Mr. Buckley ruled out a heart attack, but indicated an issue with his liver function. He was made aware of a history of aneurysms in the Buckley family and following an examination, he ordered an ultrasound on Mr. Buckley’s stomach, which returned a normal result. Mr. Buckley was discharged from Kerry General Hospital on the 5th of December, however his condition deteriorated the following day; his wife explained how she decided to drive Mr. Buckley to the Bons Secours Hospital in Tralee. Patricia Buckley said as they approached Tralee, she heard her husband sigh; she said she knew her husband was dead or dying. Dr. Margot Bolster said Timothy Buckley died, as his wife drove him to Tralee for medical treatment. The jury recommended that hospital and hospital personnel should enquire and pay due regard to family history and accounts given by family members.

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