U.K. hospital admits it's complicit in woman's death

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The hospital in the U.K. that discharged a woman in 2017 who was experiencing complications from dental work and died 12 hours later has apologized to her family and confirmed that the clinician who treated her is no longer treating patients, according to an article by London News Online.

In a statement, King's College Hospital in Camberwell gave its condolences to Magzine Gordon's family.

"An internal investigation was conducted following her death, and we acknowledge there was a failure to provide appropriate care for which we apologize unreservedly to her family," the hospital stated.

King's College Hospital also confirmed that the woman's treating doctor at the hospital "is not currently undertaking medical practice."

The hospital discharged Gordon from the hospital at 9:50 p.m. on July 18, 2017. The 48-year-old woman died 12 hours later when she returned to the hospital.

In October 2019, Tushar Patel, BDS, the dentist who extracted Gordon's teeth, was suspended from practicing for 12 months, according to reports.

Gordon was on the blood-thinning medication warfarin, causing her to bleed to death soon after having 10 teeth extracted due to advanced periodontal disease. The women had been taking the drug for a rare blood condition that causes blood to clot.

Dr. Patel worked at Confidental Clinics in Purley and failed to tell the patient about the increased risk of bleeding from the procedure.

Dr. Patel removed the women's teeth during two appointments in June and July 2017. Gordon collapsed hours after her second appointment and was taken to a King's College Hospital. A coroner ruled the cause of death was hemorrhage from the tooth extraction site, her warfarin treatment, and the dental extractions.

The U.K. General Dental Council concluded that Dr. Patel breached clinical care and that his actions were "incompatible with remaining on the register."

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