- As specialist medical professionals, we do not consider
the evidence given at the Hutton inquiry has demonstrated that Dr David
Kelly committed suicide.
- Dr Nicholas Hunt, the forensic pathologist at the Hutton
inquiry, concluded that Dr Kelly bled to death from a self-inflicted wound
to his left wrist. We view this as highly improbable. Arteries in the wrist
are of matchstick thickness and severing them does not lead to life-threatening
blood loss. Dr Hunt stated that the only artery that had been cut - the
ulnar artery - had been completely transected. Complete transection causes
the artery to quickly retract and close down, and this promotes clotting
of the blood.
- The ambulance team reported that the quantity of blood
at the scene was minimal and surprisingly small. It is extremely difficult
to lose significant amounts of blood at a pressure below 50-60 systolic
in a subject who is compensating by vasoconstricting. To have died from
haemorrhage, Dr Kelly would have had to lose about five pints of blood
- it is unlikely that he would have lost more than a pint.
- Alexander Allan, the forensic toxicologist at the inquiry,
considered the amount ingested of Co-Proxamol insufficient to have caused
death. Allan could not show that Dr Kelly had ingested the 29 tablets said
to be missing from the packets found. Only a fifth of one tablet was found
in his stomach. Although levels of Co-Proxamol in the blood were higher
than therapeutic levels, Allan conceded that the blood level of each of
the drug's two components was less than a third of what would normally
be found in a fatal overdose.
- We dispute that Dr Kelly could have died from haemorrhage
or from Co-Proxamol ingestion or from both. The coroner, Nicholas Gardiner,
has spoken recently of resuming the inquest into his death. If it re-opens,
as in our opinion it should, a clear need exists to scrutinise more closely
Dr Hunt's conclusions as to the cause of death.
- David Halpin
- Specialist in trauma and orthopaedic surgery
- C Stephen Frost
- Specialist in diagnostic radiology
- Searle Sennett
- Specialist in anaesthesiology
- From Rowena Thursby
- Dear Jeff,
- I was delighted to note that you have put the letter
from the 3 British doctors up on your site. We are, in fact, a group of
5 and growing. I do the writing and keep the group together but everyone
makes an important contribution. Together we have managed at long last
to put the notion of Dr David Kelly's death possibly NOT being suicide
into the mainstream press. From the Guardian letter came a front page
headline in the Evening Standard on the eve of publicaiton of the the Hutton
Report, "Was Dr Kelly Murdered?"
- Can I go down on bended knee and ask you if you would
mind putting my e-mail address at the end of that letter as published on
your site? The reason for this is that we would welcome comment from medical
specialists all over the world. We are in the process of assembling a
group of eminent medical specialists and I'm sure you'd wish to do all
you can to help if it means we get closer to the truth of Dr Kelly's death.
- Comments welcomed, particularly from medical specialists.
- Kind regards,