Inquest: Royal London Hospital stomach patient went through ‘six weeks of hell’

PUBLISHED: 16:44 12 August 2014

Mark died hours after a doctor employed by the now-defunct Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust sent him home from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel

Mark died hours after a doctor employed by the now-defunct Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust sent him home from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel

Barts NHS Trust

The family of a cancer patient who died after an operation to remove his stomach went wrong have questioned whether he should have undergone surgery in the first place.

David Berridge was diagnosed with gastric cancer in February and doctors gave him six months to live unless he had a total gastrectomy.

Mr Berridge had the operation at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on March 13, but cancer consultants Mr Kesava Mannur and Mr Bijendra Patel were unable to join his food pipe to his small intestine with staples by keyhole surgery.

They hoped a third attempt to join the organs through open surgery had been successful – but days later it became apparent Mr Berridge, of Hackney, was suffering from an internal leak, and over the next six weeks he underwent more tests, scans and surgery to insert drains and stents.

Sepsis set in, making his major organs pack up, and he died on April 26 aged 60.

His family attended an inquest into his death at Poplar Coroner’s Court last week and questioned whether he should have had surgery at all, saying he went through “hell”.

But consultant Mr Manuur insisted he had warned Mr Berridge of the risks and considered him healthy enough to undergo surgery.

The consultant, who has been doing oesophagus surgery for 25 years, said: “I don’t think there’s anything I would have done differently. But I feel very unhappy he died under my watch.”

Post mortem results showed Mr Berridge was suffering from two internal leaks. Coroner Mary Hassell ruled he died of multiple organ failure following potentially life-saving surgery for an otherwise fatal disease.

Latest East London News Stories

Two suspected phone snatchers have been arrested following a police chase through east and south London which ended when their moped crashed with a van.

A large drug dealing gang who peddled their wares on the streets of Tower Hamlets are due to be sentenced today.


A drug-smuggling gun runner who stored cannabis and equipment used to prep cocaine in a house in Poplar has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years.

Yesterday, 18:24

All the students taking A-levels at Whitechapel’s Swanlea Secondary have passed.

Yesterday, 16:00

Two directors of a convenience store in Bethnal Green where one of the largest haul of illegal alcohol was seized in the borough have been banned from running their own companies.

Yesterday, 14:25

A man has been rushed to hospital after he was hit by a car in Mile End today.

Yesterday, 14:19

A student from Canary Wharf has secured a place at university for September - accompanied by her guide dog.

Yesterday, 14:03

Students poured into Tower Hamlets College in Poplar when the doors opened to get their A-Level results—for the last time.


Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now