A man who bled to death after being rushed to hospital from his home in Brisbane has died.
Key points:An inquest into the death of John T. Evans is scheduled to begin on July 15A Queensland Coroner has found he died as a result of cardiac arrestMr Evans, 42, was taken to Brisbane’s Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBW) on May 30 for cardiac arrestHe was transferred to a regional hospital on May 31 and died the following dayAn inquest was held into the man’s death, which is due to be heard on July 13.
The inquest will hear evidence from paramedics, the Coroner’s Department and Mr Evans’ family.
In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Queensland Coroners Commissioner Chris Wilson said Mr Evans died as “a result of a cardiac arrest, which occurred as a consequence of an underlying condition that was not the fault of the patient”.
“The coroner has concluded that this was not an act of suicide or self-harm,” he said.
Mr Wilson said he had heard from people who had suffered from cardiac arrest before and that it was a condition which should not be caused by a patient.
“While this is a tragic loss, it is also an opportunity for us to address the serious issue of our coronavirus pandemic,” he added.
“The fact that the coroner has found that the man died from a cardiac arrhythmia is a major breakthrough in this important inquiry.”
Mr Wilson thanked his colleagues for their “kind and compassionate service” during the inquest, which will be conducted by retired Queensland Coronial Court Judge Andrew Pyle.
Mr Evans’ sister, Sarah, said she had hoped the coronaviral pandemic would be resolved, but said the inquest would be a “long and hard road”.
“It’s been difficult, especially since the coronas started, to keep our heads above water,” she said.
“It doesn’t help when you’re having to talk to people and not know where to go, and when you’ve been through this process.”
Mr Evans had a stroke while on a trip to Europe in 2015 and had been diagnosed with non-fatal myocardial infarction (NFI), a condition where the heart’s normal pumping action has stopped.
In the days following his stroke, Mr Evans was admitted to hospital and was given antibiotics, but he continued to have heart attacks.
“He died on May 29,” Ms Evans said.
The Coroner will hear from Dr Robert Young, the emergency medical officer of health (EMO), who will examine Mr Evans at the inquest.
He will also hear from a Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic and a Royal Brisbane & Women’s hospital paramedic.
“I am incredibly proud of the paramedics, I’m very proud of all of the other people that work in the ambulance service, and we’ve got to be here to listen to them,” Mr Wilson said.
A post-mortem will be held on July 17.