AN ELDERLY man from Foxhole died just weeks after undergoing surgery which doctors hoped would save his life, an inquest has heard.
Retired cleaner Stafford Jose died suddenly on October 22 last year while recovering at St Austell Community Hospital following an operation on his bowel.
An inquest into his death, held on Friday, February 7, at Truro Coroner's Court, heard the 75-year-old had colonic cancer and had undergone surgery at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, three weeks before he died.
The operation had been successful and Mr Jose's consultant was preparing a discharge plan when he unexpectedly passed away, the court heard.
In a statement written by his longstanding friend Kenneth Clemens, Mr Jose was described as a thoughtful and independent man who had struggled to cope following the death of his sister the previous year.
"He had no immediate family and he was very frail before he died," Mr Clemens said. "He had lived with his sister all of his life.
"When Margaret died in 2012 he was not the same person. He used to rely on her for everything. He couldn't even use the phone."
Mr Clemens and his wife had been friends with Mr Jose for 20 years after they first met while playing darts. He said: "We visited him as often as we could and he started to improve.
"He had a fall and appeared to lose his confidence. He was a very independent man and he would never cause anyone any harm."
Pathologist Joseph Matthew, of Royal Cornwall Hospital, recorded the cause of Mr Jose's death as pulmonary thromboembolism.
He listed deep-vein thrombosis and colon carcinoma as contributory factors.
Accepting the pathologist's findings and the evidence presented in court, Coroner for Cornwall, Dr Emma Carlyon said Mr Jose died as the result of a "known complication of abdominal surgery".