A devastated son believes he may never know exactly how his mother died during a hospital stay.
Rico Lubbe is seeking answers after his mum Lana Van Staden died in Ninewells Hospital aged just 50 on February 2.
Although staff informed Rico his mum’s condition had worsened, he claims they told him not to bother visiting her.
He received a call an hour later on the second of this month to say his mother had passed away .
Rico, 29, from Brechin, said: “When contacted we were told not to come in. I was informed over an hour later my mother had passed away.
“An attempt had been made to revive her, she came back before she flat-lined again. A decision was made not to revive her for a second time as she would just suffer.
“I don’t think that was the medics’ decision to make.
“To be told this information wasn’t acceptable and was hard to take.
“Given she had come back once surely it should have been the family’s choice whether to try again.”
His mother had a number of health issues and had been admitted to Ninewells Hospital in late January with abdominal pains.
She then contracted spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, an acute bacterial infection of the abdominal region, which can be fatal.
Nevertheless Rico asked medics to conduct a post-mortem examination on his mum to give the precise cause of her death.
He added: “Incredibly, on the day of my mum’s funeral, I discovered no post-mortem had been carried out.
“When I contacted NHS Tayside they explained the post-mortem hadn’t been done and the paperwork had been lost.
“We have no closure as to how my mother passed away.
“It has also had implications on dealing with her life insurance policies.”
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: “We are unable to comment on matters relating to individual patients but our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
“We have received a complaint from Mr Lubbe and, in line with our complaints procedure, it is being thoroughly investigated by a multi-disciplinary clinical team.
“The findings will be shared with Mr Lubbe.”