Cyprus Mail

Doctor’s omission led to Akis Kleanthous’ death

Former education minister Akis Kleanthous

By George Psyllides

AN inquest has found that doctors at a private facility contributed to the cause of death of former education minister Akis Kleanthous who died in 2011 after a heart attack.

According to the findings, the cause of death was myocardial infarction caused by a clot at the point where a stent had been placed at the American Heart Institute around two months earlier.

Installation of the stents by angioplasty, a nonsurgical procedure, was chosen by the doctors knowing that the patient preferred to avoid the more invasive bypass.

They did not however explain to him that the latter was the most suitable and advantageous method, giving him the option to reject it, the coroner said.

“I do not consider it to be sudden death in the sense that it was unpredictable since the risk of a clot in the stent was one of the predictable dangers or possibilities or disadvantages of the stent … and the patient complained about symptoms that warranted careful examination,” the coroner said.

The findings concluded that there was reasonable suspicion that an act of omission of third parties had contributed to the cause of death of Kleanthous.

The coroner has sent the findings to the attorney-general to look into the possibility of criminal offences having been committed, on top of any civil liability.

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