Edward Leighton JohnBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7459.235-c (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:235
Edward Leighton JohnFormer consultant general surgeon Neath, South Wales (b Swansea 1920; q Charing Cross Hospital 1943; FRCS Ed 1946), died from a cerebral haemorrhage on 11 April 2004.
During the second world war Leighton worked at Ashridge Hospital, Hertfordshire, where he met Megan, a nurse from University College Hospital, and they were married in 1944.
He was appointed senior registrar at Llandough Hospital, Cardiff, before becoming consultant in general surgery at Neath General Hospital, where in addition to his surgical duties he contributed to the training of many surgeons and nurses. He remained there until he retired in 1980 after 30 years of dedicated service.
Leighton’s work meant everything to him; it was the centre of his life all his working days. He was a surgeon of exceptional talent, but he believed that the surgeon’s greatest skill was knowing when not to operate.
He loved to travel, and it was when he was returning from one of his trips to Majorca that he was struck down with a cerebral haemorrhage; he was never to stand or walk again.
He bore his five year illness without a single complaint, nursed all that time by Megan with enormous skill and devotion.
Leighton was loved and respected by patients, colleagues, friends, and family.
He will be remembered as a gifted surgeon, a talented painter, and an accomplished violinist.
Leighton was a generous, witty, and gentle man who was devoted to, and will be greatly missed by, his family. He leaves Megan; three sons; and six grandchildren. [Chris John]
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