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Hendry's tribute at wife's inquest

Former footballer Colin Hendry has described his wife as "beautiful inside and out" at the inquest into her death.

Hendry, 45, the former captain of Scotland who also played for Rangers and Blackburn Rovers, described his wife Denise as he relived her agonising seven-year battle with illness following disastrous cosmetic surgery in 2002.

The couple, who lived in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, had been together for 25 years and had four children, Rheagan, Kyle, Calum and Niamh, Bolton Coroner's Court heard.

But on April 10, 2002 she was punctured in the bowel nine times during "routine" liposuction surgery performed by Dr Gustaf Aniansson at the private Broughton Park Hospital near Preston, Lancashire.

Mrs Hendry then underwent a series of operations to correct the damage but never fully recovered her health. She died aged 43 on July 10, 2009.

Hendry told the inquest that after his wife was transferred to an NHS hospital following the operation, the injuries were examined by other doctors who were left "extremely disgusted".

Hendry added: "They were pretty much mad, to think that that could have happened to somebody."

One doctor tried to report Dr Aniansson to the General Medical Council to get him struck off but he was "a step in front", Hendry said, and the medic voluntarily removed himself from the British medical register in 2003.

Dr Aniansson, who is believed to still be practising abroad, had been notified of the hearing, coroner Jennifer Leeming told the inquest, but is out of the country so she has no powers to order him to attend.

Coroner Jennifer Leeming asked Mr Hendry if his wife was a "lively person". He replied: "She could be. She was very down to earth. Just a beautiful woman inside and out, really. That's the best way to describe her."

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