Helen Caroline Anne O’HAGAN – nee Fletcher
aka Helen O’HAGAN – Married John O’HAGAN – Regd # 10524
Late of ?
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # “possibly” PW 076
Service: From ? ? 1965? to ? ? ? = ? years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Born: 21 December 1943
Died on: Sunday 27 April 2014
Event location: ?
Event date: ?
Funeral date: Friday 2 May 2014 at Green Point, NSW
Funeral location: ?
Buried at: Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Dve, Green Point
Memorial located at: ?
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Helen O’HAGAN, the wife of John. Helen passed away on 27/04/2014.
Helen O’Hagan (nee Fletcher) joined the Police in 1965, her Regd. No. is believed to be PW76 and she left after marrying John.
Her funeral is proposed to be held at 10am on Friday 2nd May at Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Drive, GREEN POINT.
Story which is related to Helen:
Woman to sue after sponge left in her body
Date August 1, 2011
Louise Hall Courts
A WOMAN claims a grapefruit-size sponge lay inside her abdomen for more than 15 years after a North Shore surgeon failed to remove it during an operation on her bowel.
Helen Caroline Anne O’Hagan said the surgical pack was left inside her abdominal cavity by Dr Samuel Sakker during a partial colectomy he performed in August 1992.
The NSW District Court has been told that over time the sponge ”became encapsulated in dense fibrous adhesions within a sac of fluid” and was only discovered in October 2007 when an X-ray detected the embedded radiopaque thread.
The sponge was removed by another surgeon the same day but it was another three years before he told Mrs O’Hagan that it could only have been put there during the operation performed by Dr Sakker at the Poplars Private Hospital, in Epping.
District Court Judge Leonard Levy has awarded Mrs O’Hagan the right to sue Dr Sakker for alleged negligence or breach of contract despite her claim falling outside the statute of limitations.
He accepted that Mrs O’Hagan, who has been hospitalised 23 times since 1970, was so preoccupied by her various health issues when the surgical pack was eventually discovered that she didn’t seek an explanation as to how and when it got into her abdomen.
Furthermore, the surgeon who removed the sponge spent a significant portion of the next three years outside NSW and did not tell Mrs O’Hagan that he suspected the 1992 operation until she saw him for a consultation in May last year. Her solicitor filed a statement of claim four months later.
Dr Sakker, who retired in June 2007, had sought to have the case thrown out, arguing that it was improbable that she didn’t make the connection sooner.
He said he had no recollection of treating Mrs O’Hagan and a search of his archives had failed to locate any medical records. However, he said he never departed from the practice of signing off the instrument count at the end of an operation after a count was made vocally by the scout nurse.
Mrs O’Hagan’s husband, John, gave evidence that Dr Sakker advised him on the day of the surgery that the operation to remove about a half a metre of her bowel went well.
Mrs O’Hagan continued to experience cramping, fevers and loss of bowel control but didn’t relate the problems to the procedure, assuming it was part of her long-standing underlying abdominal and pelvic issues.
The case returns to the Sydney District Court this week.