‘Wonderful mum and gran’ the surgeons couldn’t save

A FAMILY have paid tribute to a “wonderful and loving” woman who died after fighting cancer.

Sheila Wriggles, 68, from Brighouse, had undergone an operation to remove a tumour from her bowel before she died last June, an inquest heard.

During her recovery, she developed pneumonia and died at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Her family said: “She was wonderful and loving. She was a very strong person who worked really hard.”

Mrs Wriggles had two children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She worked at a carpet shop in Brighouse and had a wool stall at Brighouse Market.

The inquest heard her husband describe her as fit and healthy until the beginning of 2011 when she suffered weight loss, anaemia and deep-vein thrombosis.

Doctors discovered the tumour and she underwent surgery at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

After a few days, she was discharged but was admitted again after vomiting.

Blood transfusions were carried out, and she was allowed home again on May 3.

But on June 14, she was admitted to Calderdale Royal Hospital. Her condition deteriorated and she died on June 17.

Surgeon, Pradip Gupta said the “heavy burden of the cancer cells” had caused her deterioration.

He said: “I don’t think Mrs Wriggles would have been able to have any form of chemotherapy. It would have caused even more harm.”

Mrs Wriggles’s family asked Mr Gupta if there was anything that could have been done to help her to eat.

He said the only option would have been to administer nutrients through her veins, which would have been too much of a risk of infection.

Coroner Paul Marks recorded that Mrs Wriggles died from natural causes.

He said it was sad to know that Mr Gupta’s skill in removing the tumour had not transferred to extending her life.