Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
A coroner has ruled that the death of a doctor detained at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre was possibly preventable.
Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia, 49, had a stroke caused by an undiagnosed malformation of blood vessels in the brain on December 5, 2016 and died at Lincoln County Hospital the following day.
Sierra Leone-born non-practising doctor of medicine Mr Kabia faced deportation after he was jailed for 15 months for lying about his credentials on 1,000 NHS job applications to health trusts across Britain.
An inquest in Sleaford heard he had had a seizure in custody on May 10, 2015 but Nottinghamshire Health Trust failed to escalate medical care.
The chance to diagnose and treat the problem with blood vessels in his brain was therefore missed.
Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire Timothy Brennand ruled that Mr Kabia could possibly have survived had a plan of treatment been in place.
He said: “The deceased died as a result of an unsurvivable brain injury arising from an undiagnosed malformation of blood vessels in the brain.
“There was an admitted failure by Nottinghamshire Health Trust that on May 10, 2015, they failed to escalate medical care following Mr Kabia suffering a medical episode.
“This resulted in a missed opportunity for the arteriovenous [an abnormal link between veins and arteries] malformation to be diagnosed and treated.
“The treatment pathway for the arteriovenous malformation could possibly have prevented the death of Mr Kabia.”
The inquest jury heard that Mr Kabia had been in the UK since 1994 and in 2005 was given indefinite leave to stay in the country.
Immigration officials had agreed to release him from custody on December 5, 2016 after he lodged an appeal against his convictions.
But at 5pm that day, he suddenly collapsed at Morton Hall, became unresponsive and went into cardiac arrest.
Mr Brennand said that Nottinghamshire Health Trust, which provides health care at Morton Hall, admitted that Mr Kabia should have been referred to a GP for a medical review following the earlier incident in May 2015.
He said: “According to the expert neurologist, if general practice was followed, a 999 ambulance should have been called at the onset of the medical episode or alternatively could have been referred to a doctor.”
Jurors heard that after the 2015 episode Mr Kabia was later the same day observed to be eating and watching television.
Mr Kabia entered the UK on a six-month visitor’s visa in July 1994 after studying as a doctor in Russia and worked as a self-employed podiatrist.
He falsely claimed to be registered with the General Medical Council – even though he had not completed the required English language test for doctors who qualify abroad.
He also lied about his qualifications, experience and affiliation to professional bodies on applications to work as an NHS doctor across England and Wales.
His deceit came to light during a job interview in Plymouth and he was jailed in May 2014 after being convicted of 12 counts of fraud.
Mr Kabia had been granted leave to stay in the UK until March 1996.
He claimed asylum in December 1996 but withdrew his application in January 1997 before making a second claim two years later which was refused.
However, in June 2000 Mr Kabia was granted leave to stay for four years and in May 2005 he was allowed to remain indefinitely.
A deportation order was made in September 2014 following his convictions for fraud that May and he had been detained at Morton Hall since September 2015.
The cause of death was an unsurvivable brain injury resulting from an undiagnosed malformation of blood vessels in the brain.