Inquest into discharged patient's death

Donald Clarke's parent's Peter and Madelyne with their daughter-in-law  Nicky and her mother Debbie Willis outside the inquest today.

Donald Clarke's parent's Peter and Madelyne with their daughter-in-law Nicky and her mother Debbie Willis outside the inquest today.

The inquest of a Deloraine man who died less than a day after being discharged from Launceston General Hospital started today.

Donald John Clarke, 40, died on July 24,  2011, 10 days after having spinal surgery at St Lukes Private hospital in Launceston.

Mr Clarke was taken to the LGH By ambulance on July 23 with breathing difficulties and hallucinations, the inquest heard.

However he was discharged that afternoon and died the following morning. 

An autopsy revealed the cause of death as aspiration pneumonia.

The inquest is expected to last several days.

Donald Clarke.

Donald Clarke.

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