Patel should have treated patient with transfusion: Crown

2.50PM: THE Crown has outlined the demise of Mervyn Morris after he underwent an operation with Jayant Patel.

Crown prosecutor Peter Davis told the jury Patel removed part of Mr Morris's colon after he was admitted to hospital with rectal bleeding.

After removing Mr Morris's sigmoid colon, Mr Morris's rectal bleeding continued.

"But after the colon was removed it was tested and examined by a pathologist and there was no evidence the bleeding was coming from the sigmoid colon," Mr Davis explained to the 15-member jury.

The Crown alleges the removal of the sigmoid colon was a mistake.

Following the major operation, Mr Morris suffered a bowel obstruction, respiratory problems and malnutrition and nurses noted there was still rectal bleeding.

Mr Davis alleges Mr Morris should have been treated with blood transfusions, which appeared to be working prior to the major operation.

"But because of his age, liver condition and heart condition he was quite frankly unlikely to survive the operation," he told the jury.

Mr Davis said the jury would heard evidence Mr Morris's rectal bleeding was a result of radiation treatment he underwent for prostate cancer.

The court heard Mr Morris's medical history dated back to the 80's and involved prostate cancer, heart disease and liver problems.


11.50AM: FORMER surgeon Jayant Patel allegedly lacked reasonable skill and care when he operated on a Bundaberg patient removing part of his bowel and eventually causing his death, a court has heard.

The Crown opened their case against Dr Patel, who has pleaded not guilty to unlawfully killing Mervyn John Morris at Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2003.

Crown Prosecutor Peter Davis told the jury this morning Patel allegedly lacked reasonable skill and care when he performed medical procedures on Mr Morris in 2003.

Mr Davis said this left him criminally liable for the consequences A chronology was presented to the court which showed Patel operated on Mr Morris on May  23 and 30, 2003.

The Crown stated Patel removed a part of Mr Morris's bowel in the first operation after Mr Morris was admitted to the Bundaberg Base Hospital with a rectal bleed.

Patel conducted a second operation to repair a wound which was opened in the first operation.

The Crown does not allege the first operation was done incompetently but argued it never should have been done because it put a huge strain on Mr Morris and provided him no benefit.

Mr Davis alleged Patel never did find the site of Mr Morris's rectal bleeding.

Mr Davis said the case was a little bit difficult to lay out clearly to the jury in his opening statement.

The jury will hear from a lot of witnesses that are doctors.

Mr Davis said doctors seemed to have perfected the art of medical jargon.

They have a enormous number of terms and their own shorthand they use in medical notes, he explained.

The jury have been given a medical dictionary to help them translate medical terms and shorthand used in doctor's notes.

The Crown alleges Patel is guilty of manslaughter but in no way accused of murder.

"I can tell you now the Crown does not suggest for a minute the accused intended to kill or do Mr Morris any serious harm when he did the procedures," Mr Davis told the jury.

The Crown's lengthy opening statement has been divided into five parts.

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