Widower calls on health boards to ban insulin pump over fears it killed husband


    widower has called for health boards to halt the use of Omnipod insulin pumps, as he fears one malfunctioned and killed his husband.

    Paul McNairney, 39, died last month after the Omnipod delivered four days’ worth of insulin in less than an hour as he slept, according to data obtained by the legal firm Digby Brown.

    However, the pump manufacturer, Insulet, said it had no “evidence of a device malfunction or performance issue” currently and stressed that safety is its top priority.

    Mr McNairney received the pump on the NHS and is said to have been using it since July with no issues, until he was found hypoglycaemic by his husband in November, dying days later in hospital.

    Digby Brown said police had seized the device and it is now being analysed by health experts.

    I can’t shake from my mind the fact that I was sitting in the next room relaxing with the dog while my husband lay dying in silence

    Mr McNairney’s widower, Scott Craig, 42, fears more people could be affected by faulty Omnipods.

    He said: “This device is used worldwide so people need to know what happened, as even a single avoidable death is one too many.”

    Mr McNairney, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged two, wanted an Omnipod – a wearable pump that delivers insulin automatically – as it removed the need for his four daily injections and came with a companion device to track data.

    He completed the training required by the pod manufacturer, Insulet, based in Massachusetts US, on July 12 started wearing the pod supplied by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

    Mr Craig said his husband was “expert” at managing his condition.

    Paul McNairney wearing the Omnipod (Digby Brown/PA)

    On Sunday November 7, Mr Craig woke at around 7am and left his husband having a lie-in, checking in at 10.30am and finding him still in bed.

    When he checked again two hours later, he found his husband pale and sweaty – signs of being hypoglycaemic.

    He used an emergency glucagon syringe, which should have roused Mr McNairney within minutes, but there was no response.

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