Heart surgeon ‘turned down’ training on pioneering robot he used in operation where patient died


A heart surgeon reportedly turned down the chance to train on a robot he used in an operation in which the patient later died. Stephen Pettitt, 69, suffered multiple organ failure and died days after the procedure at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in March 2015. Pettitt’s heart valve operation was assisted by a robot and it was the first of its type at the trust. On 4 November a coroner was told that the lead surgeon, Sukumaran Nair, reportedly admitted to a colleague that he could undergo more training on the sophisticated system. The robotics experts who were assisting the surgical team left part-way…

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