He had cancer attacking his bowels, and a Muslim attacking his throat.
Cancer patient died after being attacked by illegal immigrant in next bed
Victim: Anthony Wilson, pictured at a wedding in the 1980s, was assaulted in a hospital ward following an operation on his bowel. He died the next day from scepticaemia
A cancer-stricken pensioner died after being attacked in hospital by an illegal immigrant who was in the bed next to him.
Anthony Wilson was throttled by the Iranian man four days after an operation to remove part of his bowel.
The 78-year-old, who had been battling cancer for three months, was asleep when he was assaulted by the immigrant, who had been brought into the hospital two days earlier complaining of breathing difficulties.
Three UK Border Agency guards, tasked with sitting next to the Iranian during his hospital stay, were forced to intervene after the unprovoked attack.
He was immediately removed from Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, West London, and returned to a nearby immigration removal centre, where he is awaiting deportation.
The attack occurred in front of other shocked patients at about 8.20am on October 17. Police were called but the border guards had already dealt with the incident.
Just 20 hours later, Mr Wilson was pronounced dead at 4.20am the next day, when police were again called to the hospital.
A post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Wilson died from septicaemia. But an inquest has been ordered to determine whether the attack was a contributory factor.
Mr Wilson’s brother Jeffrey, 68, said: ‘I have lost my brother, who was my right-hand man. He used to do everything for me and I miss him.
‘He went for the operation and got through it and did all right, but someone may have taken his life away from him so I want to know the truth of what happened.’