The death of an elderly patient from bleeding after doctors extracted fluid from around his lungs and administered a chest drain when air got into his pleural cavity was ruled misadventure by an inquest jury yesterday. A five-member jury returned its verdict after more than four hours of deliberation. No recommendations were made. Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu had earlier directed the jury to choose between misadventure and natural death. The Coroner's Court heard Sit Wing-sing, 68, died at Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan on September 27 last year after undergoing a procedure to extract fluid from his chest for examination. Sit, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, had a condition in his right lung resulting from fluid entering the membrane spaces around the lungs. He developed breathing difficulties after the chest tap on September 27. The court also heard that Sit had died of a haemothorax, where blood accumulates in the pleural cavity, after doctors administered a chest drain, involving a 3cm incision between the ribs. The incision could have cut a blood vessel, causing the bleeding that led to death, a pathologist told the inquest. Outside the court, Sit's daughter, who did not want her full name used, said the family was satisfied with the court's decision. 'At least the hearing could reflect some of the wrongdoings of the hospital, and we know more about the cause of death of our father,' Ms Sit said. 'The hearing has returned justice to my father.' She suggested that, in future, doctors evaluate the risks to patients more cautiously whenever such examinations were performed, that they list the risks in more detail on the consent documents and that the hospital improve communication with patients' families. A hospital spokesman said it had noted the verdict.