Sur­geon’s mis­con­duct ap­peal is not heard by High Court WOMAN DIED HOURS AF­TER UN­SUC­CESS­FUL OP­ER­A­TION

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A SUR­GEON found guilty of pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct fol­low­ing the death of an Ark­low woman hours af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion to have a gas­tric band fit­ted has failed in his at­tempt to have the rul­ing over­turned.

French Doc­tor Jerome Manuceau was re­moved from the pro­fes­sional reg­is­ter in 2008 af­ter a com­plaint made to the Ir­ish Med­i­cal Coun­cil by the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons was up­held.

The com­plaint fol­lowed the death of Ber­nadette Rei­dKa­vanagh (48) a short time af­ter she un­der­went key­hole surgery in Fe­bru­ary, 2007.

Ms. Reid-Ka­vanagh who weighed 20 stone at the time was ad­mit­ted to the Ad­vanced Cos­metic Surgery clinic in Dublin to un­dergo the pro­ce­dure but Dr. Manuceau de­cided not to fit the band when he de­tected a can­cer­ous tu­mour in Ms. Reid Ka­vanagh’s stom­ach.

Around 2 a.m. the fol­low­ing morn­ing Ms. Reid-Ka­vanagh who was asth­matic suf­fered a se­vere drop in oxy­gen lev­els and went into car­diac ar­rest from which she never re­cov­ered.

An in­quest into her death cited nat­u­ral causes prompt­ing her fam­ily to make calls for bet­ter reg­u­la­tion of the in­dus­try claim­ing that the surgery was too risky due to her med­i­cal con­di­tion.

Ms. Reid-Ka­vanagh’s own GP pre­vi­ously ad­vised against the gas­tric band op­er­a­tion due to her weight and asthma con­di­tion.

Dr. Manuceau brought his claim to the High Court in re­cent days but was in­formed by Mr. Jus­tice John­son that his court has no pow­ers to hear the ap­peal and that the cor­rect venue would be the Supreme Court.

Ber­nadette Ka­vanagh who died fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion in 2007.

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