Sunderland airline manager died after botched operation in Dubai hospital

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An airline boss from Wearside died after a routine operation at a hospital in the Middle East was botched, an inquest heard.

Dawn Beattie, 42, had a procedure to remove a growth in her uterus at the Medcare Hospital, in the Al-Safa region of Dubai in June last year.

A conclusion of misadventure would be appropriate.

Sunderland coroner Derek Winter

Tragically, the operation went wrong and the Emirates Airline manager, who lived in Houghton, died just hours later.

A female surgeon who carried out the bungled op has since been found guilty of medical negligence and been handed a three-year suspended prison sentence.

A hearing at Sunderland Coroner’s Court heard that a post-mortem report carried out following Ms Beattie’s death found that she had died due to serious complications due to a hole in the lining of her uterus as part of a procedure to remove a growth.

Coroner Derek Winter told the hearing that after an examination of forensic records, Home Office pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton found that the exact cause of death was “operative hysteroscopy intravascular absorption syndrome”, a bleeding of the uterus.

Mr Winter’s assistant, Neville Dixon, added: “The doctor who performed the operation appeared in court in Dubai on January 26 this year and was a given a three-year suspended prison sentence.”

Summing up the inquest, Mr Winter said: “It seems to me that on the balance of probabilities that these were the unintended consequences of a medical procedure in spite of the criminal proceedings. A conclusion of misadventure would be appropriate.”

After Ms Beattie’s body was repatriated, her funeral took place on July 1 last year at St Michael and All Angels Church in the town, before interment at Houghton Cemetery.

The daughter of Derek and Margaret, she was also a sister of David, Steven, Lynn and Lisa and lived in the Dairy Lane area of Houghton.

Conclusion: Dawn Beattie died as a result of misadventure.