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A “kind and generous man” died after suffering from cancer and back problems, an inquest heard.
Peter Bernard Harris, of Peel Street, Westhoughton, died at Royal Bolton Hospital on November 4, 2019, aged 72, a two-day inquest into his death heard.
Mr Harris, who was most recently a property developer, was diagnosed with the cancerous lymphoma earlier this year, which, along with heavy chemotherapy, led to his deteriorating health.
On the first day of the inquest, on Tuesday, Bolton Coroner’s Court was told that his health was further complicated by spinal problems which caused him severe back pain.
On Tuesday, statements and evidence were read from his daughter Emmaline Harris, as well as doctors who cared for him at the Royal Bolton and The Christie in Manchester.
District Coroner Peter Sigee read a statement from Emmaline, who described her father as a “talkative, generous, kind and generous man” and that he was “very intelligent and had a positive outlook on everything”.
Emmaline went on to tell how he enjoyed fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting and playing the guitar and his potential plans to move to Spain as he enjoyed the warmer climate there.
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The inquest heard how he had appointments at the Royal Bolton and Salford Royal for his lymphoma as well as a long-term back problem and then chemotherapy at The Christie.
Emmaline went to visit him at his home and found him collapsed on the floor after he tried to get into his bathroom and was taken to Royal Bolton on 22 October 2019.
His health deteriorated so much that he died on November 4, 2019.
Royal Bolton pathologist, Dr. Ravindra Sawant, found the medical cause of Mr. Harris’s death to be bilateral bronchopneumonia due to ischemic heart disease, citing central nervous system lymphoma and the chemotherapy given to treat it as contributing factors.
On Tuesday, the inquest heard that Emmaline had raised several questions about the standard of care her father received at Royal Bolton following his admission.
She said that on October 24, 2019, her father did not receive the back pain medication that he had been taking regularly for the past 20 years.
She said she asked staff about it, but was told it wasn’t on the medication list, despite Emmaline providing documentation stating she needed it.
As a result, he is said to have missed two of his usual doses, causing him to suffer the inevitable withdrawal symptoms.
She then gave details of her visit to him on 29 October 2019, after she had moved to another ward two days earlier.
After speaking to staff on the ward on October 29, Emmaline found the remote control for her father’s spinal cord stimulator at the bottom of his laundry bag.
She said she found that when he was transferred, the transfer did not explain the pacemaker.
On Wednesday, Mr Sigee gave his findings after hearing all the evidence.
He recognized the medical cause of death given by Dr. Sawant the previous day.
Mr Sigee found that Mr Harris’ death was “caused by a natural disease process, bilateral bronchopneumonia due to ischemic heart disease, and contributed to by progressive lymphoma of the central nervous system and his chemotherapy, which was necessary life-sustaining treatment”.
The coroner provided a narrative conclusion regarding the cause of Mr Harris’s death, stating: “Mr Harris’s death was caused by a natural disease process and contributed to by the recognized risks of necessary life-sustaining treatment.
He offered his condolences to Mr Harris’s family, thanked them and all the witnesses who were present and gave evidence, and also praised everyone who provided care to Mr Harris.