Dr Nassief responsible for Heidi's death: Coroner

Deputy state coroner Hugh Dillon today laid the responsibility for Heidi Clarke-Lewis’s death with surgeon Dr Samy Nassief.The court heard Dr Nassief was out of his depth and parts of his evidence were at times “perplexing” and difficult to accept.Heidi’s family said they were pleased with the outcome of the “shocking” week-long coronial inquest.It has taken almost two years to come to a resolution after Heidi died during surgery to remove an ectopic pregnancy at Wagga Base Hospital in 2009, and father, Abbey Clarke, says the apologies have been somewhat comforting.Family solicitor Tim Abbott, however, said it was likely the family would pursue civil damages against Dr Nassief.Mr Dillon praised the efforts of Dr Harrison and Dr Hicks and made recommendations on changes to hospital procedures, including recording surgeries.For full details including the family’s response; Mr Dillon’s consideration; changes to hospital procedure; and response from Dr Nassief’s lawyer see tomorrow’s Weekend Advertiser.

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