The husband of a Birmingham teacher who died from complications following an operation is in a High Court battle for compensation against a Midland hospital.

Mother-of-two Kathleen Breen, aged 51, died following an operation to remove her spleen at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust two years ago.

Her widower, John Breen has issued a writ against the trust, claiming his wife was victim of negligent treatment.

Ms Breen was a teacher at the King Edward VI Five Ways School when she was admitted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital on October 27, 2004. Following the operation, her condition deteriorated and she died two weeks later on November 11.

An inquest recorded a narrative verdict saying her death was caused by peritonitis following elective surgery. Mr Breen, who lives in Worcester, is seeking "unlimited damages" which are expected to be in excess of #300,000.

A statement from Worcestershire Royal said: "The trust has every sympathy for Mr Breen and his family, and an immediate investigation was launched, which supported the trust’s management. However, as the trust is now being sued by Mr Breen and investigations are ongoing, the trust is not going to make any further comment at this stage."