Insulin Overdose 'did Not Kill Patient'
A verdict of death by natural causes has been recorded on a transplant patient who was given a massive overdose of insulin at a Birmingham Hospital. The coroner said although the overdose had left Teresita Cruz with irreparable brain damage, it had not contributed to her death. Acting coroner Christopher Ball said Ms Cruz, had died from multiple organ failure and liver graft dysfunction caused by a blocked hepatic artery. This was a recognised risk in liver transplants and the nurse, who had been diagnosed as an insulin-dependent diabetic in 1998, had been a high-risk patient, he added. Relatives, some of whom travelled from the Philippines for the inquest at Birmingham coroner's court, said they were not convinced by the verdict. Ms Cruz, from Leicester, had developed liver disease and diabetes in December last year. She was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in March for a transplant. Three days after the operation she went into a coma. An inquiry was launched after the hospital admitted that Ms Cruz had been given more insulin than necessary. Dr Nick Murphy, a consultant in intensive care medicine at the hospital, said: "It's not entirely clear why she received the insu Continue reading >>