The doctor who attended my husband in the evening would not sign off death certificate, and advised the coroner who felt there should be an autopsy. He saw something obviously he wasnt happy about. It was to do with oxygen or something i am not sure as they were pumping it in but his levels kept dropping.
Anyway finally they did the autopsy Tuesday.
The results are… NO determination of death. They kept asking me if he had worked with asbestos which he had about 40 years ago he worked in place which has become local and national news now for several years as so many of the workers were dying 40 even 50 years after working there.
He worked there for over 2 years, and being an engineer also worked around asbestos for many years in varying forms.
So they particular looked for signs. They found fibrosis in his lungs, also he had Basal pnuemonia in both lungs which must have come on pretty fast suddenly yet the doctor who attended on the friday said he couldnt hear any congestion in his lungs his lungs were full of fluid especially the right one.
They have basically taken lots of tissues etc, to be sent off to find plagues which they believe they will because of the state of his lungs which were exactly as one would expect in last stages of asbestosis.
This will take 6 to 8 weeks so i am non the wiser.
What makes me so mad and upset is Mike my hubby kept saying he never believed his COPD and lung issue was down to his smoking to be fair when he worked which he did until 70 he would have long periods of not being able to smoke. He always thought it could be down to asbestos.
His doctors never bothered to find out really and he also constantly had a terrible pain in his chest which makes sense to asbestosis as it can cause pleuritic pain. Again the doctors didnt bother and just filled him with pain killers. Towards the end his pain was unbearable and when i found him the pain was so intense i thought he had a heart attack.
Everything was put down as his smoking.
If it is asbestos it will be classed as an industrial death. I tell you i will go MAD. I am trying not to get angry over this, until i know for sure. BUT belive me if it is you will hear me shout from all over the country. Heads will roll. If he had been investigated properly he may have still been alive as a lot of people live with asbestos as long as it kept an eye on.
His death never made sense, but if it gets a hold and is left from what i have heard it can cause toxic pneumonia.
What is even more upsetting is if it is asbestos i cant tell him he was RIGHT.
Its hard not knowing, i just expected them to say it was this or that, and i could move on a little, but now i feel even worse thinking Mike had been put through all of this terrible pain and horrible death for nothing if the NHS doctors had done a better job.