Kevin Boyd’s grief is immeasurable as he reveals the shocking demise of his wife, Claire, who starved to death in a hospital while being treated for abdominal pains. The tragic tale unfolds in October 2021 when Claire was referred to University College London (UCLH) for an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP). This seemingly routine procedure led to a severe inflammation of the pancreas and a blood clot that restricted blood flow to her intestines, triggering a dangerous infection.
System Failure and Negligence
Despite a blood test indicating a high risk of clotting, an anti-clotting drug was paused due to an error in the NHS computer system. The prescription was not restarted, a blunder for which the consultant later formally apologised. The aftermath was catastrophic: Claire developed short gut syndrome, which necessitates artificial feeding. Yet, she did not receive adequate nutrition and lost significant weight. The negligence was stark, but the damage irreversible.
The Descent into Tragedy
Discharged in January 2022, Claire’s condition worsened, leading to her readmission to Great Western Hospital (GWH) in Swindon. It was here that she died on May 13, 2022, from multi-organ failure, having lost over 27 kg. Hospital staff suspected she had PTSD from her experience in London, yet this critical information was not effectively communicated, and her mental capacity issues were not adequately addressed.
Post Mortem Changes and the Quest for Justice
Both hospitals have since conducted internal reviews. UCLH has implemented more rigorous processes for medication management and patient monitoring, while GWH has made improvements in patient weight monitoring, family involvement, and earlier dietician intervention. Yet, for Kevin Boyd, these changes come too late for Claire. He continues his relentless pursuit for answers through an inquest into his wife’s tragic death.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn