A PENSIONER died from complications following an operation aimed at improving her quality of life.

Pauline Blackburn, 70, of Hazel Grove, Redcar, east Cleveland, had been in danger of having to have both legs amputated because of circulation problems.

Surgery to replace a blocked vein with a plastic graft was technically a success, but Mrs Blackburn died following a massive abdominal haemorrhage while being treated at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

Deputy Teesside Coroner Gordon Hetherington recorded a verdict of misadventure.