Kidney transplant patient died from brain tumour caused by treatment
A KIDNEY transplant patient died after developing a brain tumour as a result of his treatment to stop the organ being rejected.
An inquest in Bolton heard how stock controller Christopher Makowski had undergone a transplant in 1999 and began taking immuno-suppresant drugs.
But his partner of 12 years, Jean Horrocks, told the court how he came home from work on May 17 and had a fit.
A brain scan showed a suspected tumour and surgery to confirm this was planned, but tests before the operation revealed that his kidneys were failing and he had to be admitted to hospital for dialysis.
Area coroner Alan Walsh heard how the kidney problem was resolved but doctors at Salford Royal Hospital still did not want to operate because the low level of platelets in his blood could have led to excessive bleeding .
The surgery was postponed and more tests were arranged when 51-year-old Mr Makowksi was discharged from hospital on July 15 and allowed home to Nottingham Drive, Halliwell.
Mrs Horrocks said she helped 23 stone Mr Makowski upstairs and he spent time on his computer, but then he became hot and, five minutes after opening a window, he collapsed having a second epileptic fit. Paramedics could not revive him.
Pathologist Dr Jonathan Pearson said a brain tumour was found during the post mortem examination which would have caused the fatal epileptic fit and such tumours, although rare, can be a result of the treatment needed to stop transplanted organs being rejected.
Mr Walsh described Mr Makowski’s death as “a very great tragedy”.
He concluded the Mr Makowski died as a consequence of a rare complication of immuno-suppresant therapy treatment following a kidney transplant.
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