Heart valve 'was wrong way round' Inquest told patient died after surgery.
Byline: Tom Wilkinson Reporter
ACARDIAC surgeon yesterday told an inquest how a heart valve came to be inserted into a patient the wrong way round.
Great-grandmother Sheila Hynes, 72, died days after an operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to replace two heart valves, which were diseased.
Surgeon Asif Shah told the inquest at Newcastle Civic Centre that he handed one of the valves to a scrub nurse, ready for him to re-fit it.
Mr Shah said the valve was then placed on its mounting the wrong way round - something he was unaware could happen. He then inserted the valve the wrong way round and stitched up his patient.
It was only later in the day-long surgery that the possibility that the valve could have been inserted the wrong way round was considered, he said.
The inquest is expected to last all week.
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