Woman, 70, dies just weeks after being ‘DROPPED’ on the theater floor following hip surgery, leaving her with ‘a big lump on her head’
- Jeannette Shields, 70, “hit her head” as she fell off the operating table
- Husband John said she was on the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle because of gallstones
- He said she got out of bed to go to the toilet alone after sounding her buzzer
- Mr. Shields said she later fell and fractured her hip, with her surgery two days later
A 70-year-old woman died just weeks after she ‘fell’ to the floor in hospital after hip surgery.
Jeannette Shields ‘hit her head’ when she fell off the operating table at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
Her widower John said she was originally hospitalized to be treated for gallstones.
But he said she got out of bed to go to the bathroom by herself, despite sounding her buzzer for help. He said she later fell and broke her hip.
Ms. Shields underwent surgery two days later, but Mr. Shields received a call to say an incident had happened.
The doctor said the hip operation was a success, but ‘unfortunately they kicked her off the operation [table] after the operation ‘.
Jeannette Shields ‘(pictured) hit her head’ when she fell off the operating table at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle
Mr. Shields, 78, told the BBCThen they had to use the sliding board to pick her up and run in and take scans on her.
‘She had a really big lump on the back of her head and she just went backwards and then she died, just died. I am shocked, I am really shocked. ‘
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust said it had opened an investigation into what happened to Ms. Shields.
Mr. Shields said he told them he wasn’t ‘pushing this thing under the rug’ and said his treatment was ‘disgusting’.
The couple’s daughter, Vikki, said the family told staff about the bump on her head, saying, “You’ve never seen a bump like this.”
Mrs. Shields died on May 21 – six weeks after the incident – and Mr. Shields demanded a post-mortem after learning that none was planned.
Her widower John (pictured) said she was originally hospitalized to be treated for gallstones
A spokesman for the NHS trust said it was “unable to comment on ongoing investigations.”
They said ‘the findings will be shared with the family and our supervisors in accordance with the normal procedure.’
They added, “The outcome of the investigation will also determine what further action we need to take.”