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