A PENSIONER battling cancer tragically died after an operation, an inquest heard.

Francis Wilson, 79, had been diagnosed with cancer of the colon and underwent keyhole surgery to remove the cancer on August 23, 2007, under the care of Abdul Basheer, consultant surgeon at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

But during the keyhole procedure Mr Wilson’s ureter was damaged, although this was not noted at the time.

Once it was discovered, Mr Wilson, of Pontefract, was transferred to Pinderfields General Hospital for further surgery.

Six weeks later he was discharged home and returned to Dewsbury District Hospital in February, 2008, for the planned reversal of the temporary stoma, fitted during the first operation.

But sadly Mr Wilson suffered further post-operative complications and died on March 12, 2008.

His inquest took place at Bradford Crown Court and Deputy Coroner Paul Marks recorded a narrative verdict explaining that Mr Wilson would have lived longer had he been given a different initial operation.

The verdict came after the inquest heard from an independent expert, who raised concerns over the choice of operation performed, telling the inquest that a less complex procedure would have, on the balance of probabilities, avoided the ureteric damage and need for the temporary stoma.

It was complications following the reversal of this initial operation that led to Mr Wilson’s death.

He leaves a widow Elsie and sons David and John. David said on behalf of the family: “Although as a family we are delighted with the final outcome of the inquest, we also feel cheated that our dad’s life was cut short in such a needless way.

“He suffered unnecessarily and the burden of this affected our mum more than we’ll probably ever know.

“We can never get our dad back, we can only hope that lessons will be learned to prevent a further tragedy for another family.”

Professor Tim Hendra, medical director at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to reiterate our sincere sympathies and condolences to Mr Wilson’s family for their loss.

“Before his operation, Mr Wilson was reviewed by a team of healthcare professionals who carefully considered all treatment options that took account of his individual circumstances and clinical needs.

“As with all our patients who undergo complicated surgery of this kind, our surgeon talked through the options and risks of surgery with Mr Wilson.

“We accept the findings of the inquest and these are being shared with the surgical team across our hospitals to consider whether further changes to practice are required.”