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Coroner calls for medical checklists ahead of obesity-linked surgery death

Amanda Curran, who died following surgery at Altnagelvin Hospital in May 2015
Paul Ainsworth

MEDICAL checklists have been requested for the upcoming inquest into the death of a Derry woman who died following surgery for a condition linked to obesity.

Amanda Curran, of Glenvale Park in the city, died in May of last year after surgery on her gallbladder carried out at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The 34-year-old suffered a blockage in a lung artery after developing deep vein thrombosis following the surgery, which ahead of a Coroner's Court hearing in Belfast yesterday, was said to be required due to the patient's obesity.

Coroner Joseph McCrisken told the preliminary hearing that a date for a full inquest should be set within a month.

Speaking of the surgical procedure, he requested that checklists carried out before and during the operation should be made available by then.

He said he wished to know if "all correct risk assessments were carried out, and if they weren’t then why they were not".

Mr McCrisken said that as he understands, one-in-10,000 people die of deep vein thrombosis, and added: "I hope to get some answers out of this process."

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