Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tests May Have Saved Man's Life

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tests May Have Saved Man's Life

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Byline: Stuart Cumming stuart.cumming@thechronicle.com.au

AN emergency medicine specialist believes Ian Myles would amore likely than nota have survived had doctors at Toowoomba Hospital performed a full list of diagnoses on him when he arrived in their care.

Senior specialist in emergency medicine at Sydney's Sutherland Hospital, Dr John Raftos, said in a report that the standard of treatment Mr Myles received at Toowoomba Hospital was less than appropriate.

Dr Raftos prepared the Professional Medical Negligence Report for Toowoomba firm Kennedy Spanner Lawyers.

They are representing Mr Myles' wife Robyn in her civil case against Queensland Health.

Mr Myles' death was caused by a thoracic aortic dissection, which occurred when the inner lining of his aorta tore, allowing blood to be pumped into its wall.

Dr Raftos described it as an uncommon condition.

He said Mr Myles had symptoms of the tear which included the sudden onset of pain while at rest and high blood pressure. …

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