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Guildford dad who collapsed at daughter's prom "could have been saved"

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Guildford dad who collapsed at daughter's prom "could have been saved"

Published at 11:22am 8th November 2017. (Updated at 11:25am 8th November 2017)

The family of a dad who died after collapsing at his daughter’s school prom have called for lessons to be learned after an inquest concluded that an emergency operation could have saved his life.

Alex Lockyer, from Guilford, was kept in overnight for observation at Royal Surrey County Hospital, after falling ill at his daughter’s prom on 13 May, 2016.

Following his discharge, Alex, 45, visited his GP three times complaining of chest pains.

However, the father-of-two collapsed at the family home on 20 May, 2016.

Despite his wife Sara, 44, calling an ambulance and beginning CPR, Alex died at the home.

Following Alex’s death, Sara ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Coroner Anna Crawford concluded that ‘on the balance of probabilities’ Alex would have survived if he had undergone a procedure to repair his torn aorta. 

'Life will never be the same'

Following the hearing Sara said: “Myself, Alisha and Huw have all been left truly devastated by Alex’s death.

“We feel our concerns regarding Alex’s condition were not taken seriously.

"Now to be told that Alex would probably still be alive today if doctors had performed a CT scan just adds to the pain and anger we are suffering.

“Alex was my soul mate and a brilliant father. Life will never be the same without him.

“I just hope that the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust realises the pain our family has and continue to suffer.

"I urge the trust to make sure it learns lessons from Alex’s death so others don’t experience our loss.”

'Lessons have been learned...we apologise unreservedly'

In a statement, the Royal Surrey said they apologised "unreservedly" to the Lockyer family for "failing in some aspects of the care provided, which led to missed opportunities to achieve a better outcome."

The Trust said they have carried out a "careful and detailed investigation" which were shared with both Alex's family and the coroner. 

"Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, but we hope that Mr Lockyer's family have been reassured that lessons have been warned and necessary steps taken to minimise the risk of this happening again.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with Mr Lockyer's family and friends and we would like to take this opportunity to again offer our condolences."

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