Inquest into death of Morpeth mother ongoing

A CORONER’S court has been told that a doctor who tried unsuccessfully to intubate a 29-year-old Morpeth woman who had an allergic reaction to a drug during a medically recommended abortion, did the best he possibly could under stressful, rare and trying circumstances.

Head of Cardio Thoracic Procedures at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Associate Professor Paul Forrest told Raymond Terrace Coroner’s Court today that GP/anaesthetist Dr Adrian Wenk was confronted with a ‘‘rapid and unusual clinical situation’’ and did the best he could to revive 29-year-old Helen Grainger, under the circumstances.

Ms Grainger suffered an anaphylactic reaction to the antibiotic Keflin after the procedure at Lambton Road Day Surgery on April 26, 2007.

She had been advised to terminate the pregnancy because she suffered a serious kidney disorder that threatened both her health and the health of her unborn child.

The inquest will continue on Monday.

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