Widow wants answers to hospital treatment
Margaret claims nurse didn’t realise her husband had died
A devastated Cambuslang great-gran wants answers as to why a nurse taking her husband’s blood pressure didn’t seem to realise he was dead.
Margaret Bain, of Cairns Avenue, had been sitting at her husband’s bedside for half-anhour thinking he was asleep.
But when a nurse came in to take the readings, Margaret mentioned that she thought it strange that he hadn’t moved at all during the examination.
“At that point a crash team was rushed in and I was told to leave the room,” said the 62-year -ld.
Then doctors at Hairmyres Hospital broke the tragic news that her husband, John, had passed away and it had been too late for medics to try reviving him.
Margaret told our sister paper the Sunday Mail that she had called an ambulance after former railway worker, John, became ill last October.
“We were at the hospital in minutes,” said Margaret.
“I was told John would be kept in for observation and I should go home and rest.
“When I returned with my sons, Scott and John Paul, my husband said one of the doctors had told him he suspected a heart attack.”
Margaret says she was again sent home and when she returned a couple of hours later, John had been moved into the room where he later died.
A post mortem gave the cause of death as haemopericardium and ruptured myocardial infarction – a blood clot and rupture of the heart.
Lawyer, Cameron Fyfe of Drummond Miller, said: “This was a horrible experience for any wife to endure.
“We are instructing medical experts to ascertain if John’s treatment was negligent and anything could have been done to prevent this tragedy.”
Dr Helen Mackie, Hairmyres Hospital chief of medical services, said: “We’ve had no contact from the family to raise any concerns following Mr Bain’s death.
“We would be happy to meet with the family to address their concerns and we would ask them to contact us directly to allow us to arrange this.”
In March this year, Margaret was dealt another devastating blow when her son Scott slipped and fell at his Cambuslang home and died the following day.
Margaret said: “As if we hadn’t suffered enough, we’ve lost Scott too.
“The lift had been broken at the block of flats where he lived, and he slipped down a flight of stairs.
“He had obviously not realised the extent of his injury, went to bed, woke up the following morning, had a shower, then collapsed and died.
“We just couldn’t believe it.”
At that point a crash team was rushed in and I was told to leave the room
Tragedy John Bain’s widow is demanding answers to the treatment he received at Hairmyres Hospital