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Emergency artery op first for HRI.

CONSULTANTS at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have achieved a life-saving first.

They have performed an emergency blood vessel procedure under local anaesthetic for the first time.

The operation - an emergency aortic aneurysm stent procedure - is usually only performed at major university hospitals.

Bradford man, Brian Murgatroyd, 81, was treated by Huddersfield consultants having been transferred from Bradford Royal Infirmary.

The Lindley hospital was called in to do the three-and-a-half hour procedure as it was the on-call centre for West Yorkshire at the time of the emergency.

During the procedure, consultant vascular surgeon, Neeraj Bhasin, performed surgery to Mr Murgatroyd's groin to access the femoral ar teries.

Consultant radiologist, James Simpson, then inserted a stent to seal a ruptured artery.

The use of local anaesthetic meant the Bradford pensioner was well enough to be discharged just six days later, as opposed to a lengthy stay in intensive care.

Mr Bhasin, said: "We were able to perform this as Mr Murgatroyd was in a stable condition, his artery was suitable for a stent and we had the correct stent for the surger y.

"But it is a first for the Trust and we are delighted he has gone on to make such a great recovery."

Mr Murgatroyd, said: "My care has been excellent, I am feeling so well now."

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| BIG CALL: Radiologist James Simpson, left, patient Brian Murgatroyd, centre, and vascular surgeon Neeraj Bhasin after the operation
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2013
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