Patel argues diagnosis was correct

A DOCTOR found Mervyn John Morris was suffering from a disease in his colon before Dr Jayant Patel removed part of the organ in 2003.

Mr Morris, 75, died a few weeks after the operation at Bundaberg Base Hospital.

Dr Patel, who is on trial for unlawfully killing Mr Morris, argues he correctly diagnosed Mr Morris with diverticular disease before removing part of his sigmoid colon to stop Mr Morris's rectal bleeding.

However the Crown alleges any reasonable surgeon would have recognised Mr Morris was suffering from radiation proctitis - inflamation of the rectum - resulting for cancer radiation treatment years prior.

Bundaberg general practioner Dr Marthinus Nel confirmed to the Supreme Court on Thursday Mr Morris did not show radiation proctitis symptoms.

He said Mr Morris lost about 5-7kg between 2000 and 2003.

A report Dr Nell complied on March 10, 2003, stated Mr Morris could have "sigmoid diverticular disease".

Dr Nell said he became concerned about Mr Morris because he could not pinpoint the cause of his weight loss, loss of appetite and abnormal liver function.

"I was concerned this gentleman has an abdominal malignancy," he told the jury.

He said three faecal blood tests made him even more concerned.

Mr Morris died on June 14, 2003 in post-operative care at the Bundaberg Hospital.

The Crown argued Patel never should have recommended Mr Morris's operation as the patient had a history of heart and liver problems.

The trial in Brisbane continues.



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