Robert "Jim" Stuart and Darren Hughes
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Families react after kidney transplant death inquests

The families of two transplant patients who were given infected kidneys and later died have spoken to the BBC following the inquests into the deaths.

Robert "Jim" Stuart, 67, and Darren Hughes, 42, died after receiving kidneys infected with meningitis-causing worms in operations at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales in 2013.

Assistant Coroner Christopher Woolley gave a narrative conclusion, ruling that both men died due to the unintended consequences of necessary medical intervention.

Mr Woolley said there was no failure in the decision of surgeon Argiris Asderakis to accept the kidneys from a donor who had died of meningitis because he had looked at the "relevant facts".

BBC Breakfast's John Maguire spoke to Judith and Duncan Stuart, the wife and son of Jim, and Darren's parents, Jackie and Ian Hughes.

Mrs Hughes said she was disappointed with the verdict and that had her family known more about the donor there was, "no way we would have signed any consent form."

  • 05 Dec 2014
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