Coronoer rules misadventure over Sunderland heart-op pensioner’s death

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A CORONER has ruled a pensioner’s death in hospital was due to misadventure.

Ruth Dolman, from Red House, Sunderland, died at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough last March after a heart bypass.

Her inquest took place at Teesside Coroner’s Court, where coroner Michael Sheffield recorded the cause of death as blood infection, multi-organ failure and an infection in a chest wound, after surgery.

Great-gran Mrs Dolman, who was 75 when she died, worked at Maplewood School in Red House, and had been married to husband Ray for 56 years.

Widower Mr Dolman had raised concerns over the inquest process after putting his life on hold for more than a year while waiting for a date for his wife’s inquest, and did not take a much-needed holiday over fears that he would miss the hearing.

But speaking after the inquest, the former bus driver said: “I have finally got some closure.”

Justice Minister Helen Grant has pledged to bring in stricter time limits for completing an inquest.

Verdict: Misadventure