11th October 2007 A dedicated mum-of-six who was desperate to lose weight died just days after a gastric bypass operation. Annette High, 42, had already lost seven stones after having a gastric band fitted in 2000. But as her weight crept up from 14 stone she decided she needed more drastic action. Despite her family's pleas, Annette decided to have the NHS funded operation, which reduced her stomach and removed part of her bowel. She was found collapsed by her husband Gavin just four days later at their home in Hull, East Yorks. She died in hospital on May 12th and a post mortem revealed she had a previously undetected heart defect. She died as a result of heart disease. Speaking after the inquest on Wednesday at Hull Coroners Court, Gavin said: "I begged her not to have it. I loved her whatever she was like. It didn't matter about her weight. "I warned her people had died having them, but she said people also died from being overweight. I'll never find anyone as good as her. I'll never replace her." Research by the University of Washington revealed that one in 50 people die within one month of having the operation. The inquest heard that surgery, which Annette hoped would prolong her life, was paid for by the NHS but performed at the private Classic Hospitals Hull and East Riding Hospital. The pathologist in the case said the operation could have had an effect on the heart although it was difficult to say 100 per cent. In ruling his narative verdict, coroner Geoffrey Saul said: "Surgery can be stressful and stress can trigger abnormal responses in the heart. The pathologist didn't say that's what happened, he said that was possible. Annette's family described her death as a "waste of life" and believe she would not have died if she had not had the operation. Annette's daughter, Hayley Wilson, 24, spoke about her mum's battle to shed the pounds after recovering from a rare form of cervical cancer in 1999. She said: "We both joined Slimming World together. Mum lost about four stone on her own." She decided she needed more help and in 2000 she opted for a gastric band. It proved successful, helping her bring her weight down further to about 14 stone but it was keeping the weight off long-term that proved her biggest challenge. Despite her weight, she tried to keep fit by gardening, walking, swimming and going to the gym but her size began to affect her joints. It was this that convinced Annette to opt for the surgery she believed would improve her life. Gavin has been left to care for their four youngest children, Ellesse, seven, Leonard, 13, Kelsey, 14, and Ria, 15, whom the couple adopted, alone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.