Nelson man died in Serbia following "drug aid" operation

A Nelson man who travelled to Serbia to have an operation to combat his drug addiction died from complications during surgery.

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 3:41 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:57 am
Burnley Magistrates' Court

Mr Mohammad Attar Javed Sadiq (49) died in the Pasterova Hospital, in the Serbian capital Belgrade on February 25th last year after suffering a heart attack.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner's Court heard how drug user Mr Sadiq, of Every Street, had travelled to the Balkans with a friend with the intention of undergoing a procedure whereby an implant would be inserted as an aid to stopping taking drugs.

The operation involved inserting a tube into the side of the navel.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor saw the results of two post-mortem examinations, one conducted in Belgrade, and one in Blackburn.

The Serbian examination found that Mr Sadiq died from heart disease aggravated by acute pneumonia. A second post-mortem, carried out by pathologist Dr Richard Prescott, gave the cause of death as bronchial-pneumonia.

Mr Taylor said: "It is quite clear from the statements that cardiac arrest happened during the course of elective surgery. Therefore the appropriate conclusion is one of misadventure."