Meningitis killed footballer's wife
The wife of footballer Colin Hendry died from meningitis after a tragic "chain of events" stemming from a botched liposuction operation, a coroner has ruled.
Denise Hendry, 43, whose husband was nicknamed "Braveheart" as captain of Scotland, endured an agonising seven-year battle with illness after the disastrous cosmetic surgery procedure in April 2002, Bolton Coroner's Court heard.
Her family and friends had been "cruelly and tragically" deprived of a special person and herself "robbed" of life, the inquest heard.
The mother of four suffered punctures to her bowel nine times during the "routine" surgery performed by foreign doctor Gustaf Aniansson, at the private Broughton Park Hospital near Preston, Lancashire.
It left Mrs Hendry with terrible injuries to her stomach area and she had to have a series of operations to correct the damage.
And it was after one such "high risk" 16-hour operation at Salford Royal Hospital that she died in July 2009, the inquest heard.
Coroner Jennifer Leeming gave a narrative verdict after two days of evidence, saying: "I come by my conclusion again on a balance of probabilities and the evidence before me."
Addressing Mr Hendry directly, Mrs Leeming added: "The respect and admiration I feel for your wife Denise as a result of her immense courage and fortitude in dealing with what happened to her is beyond words."
Elaine Burke, executive nurse director at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, where Mrs Hendry was treated, said: "Once again, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr Hendry and his family.
"Following our own investigations and that of the coroner's verdict, it has confirmed that Mrs Hendry did not die as a result of the care provided by Salford Royal. We welcome the coroner's verdict and we very much hope that the explanations provided by the inquest will reassure the family."