AN investigation has been launched after a 36-year-old man died following toe surgery.

Ian Vass, from Beaconsfield, sadly passed away at Wexham Park Hospital on June 15 following surgery on his toe.

At Berkshire Coroners Court on Tuesday (August 22), an inquest was opened into Mr Vass’s death.

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An inquest is an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a death. The purpose of the inquest is to find out who the deceased person was and how, when and where they died and to provide the details needed for their death to be registered. 

Senior coroner Heidi Connor said a proposed cause of death has been given as a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and toe surgery.

An inquest is being held to explore whether the embolism stemmed from the toe surgery.

“Unfortunately, deep vein thrombosis is not uncommon,” said Mrs Connor. “We are getting the statements we need in the next few weeks.”

A full inquest date has been set from January 25 and Mrs Connor apologised to the family for it not being able to be listed sooner.

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Mr Vass’s family were in attendance of the inquest opening and expressed some concerns for Mr Vass’s health care following his surgery.

His partner said: “It’s not going to bring him back but maybe if a few more checks were done before this could have been avoided.”