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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

€850k Wrongful Death Compensation for Man Who Lost Wife

Donal O’Sullivan, a widower who took a wrongful death compensation legal case against a doctor and the Health Service Executive (HSE) after his wife passed away just a day after a blood test indicated that she had low levels of potassium, has settled his High Court compensation action for €850,000.

The court was advised that mother-of-four Maureen O’Sullivan, who was in her 50s, should have been immediately taken to hospital after a test indicated she had dangerously low levels of potassium. As a result of this Mr O’Sullivan, from Crookstown Co Cork, sued Dr Therese Crotty of Main Street, Ballincollig, Co Cork, and the HSE in relation to the wrongful death of his wife on November 8, 2011.

It was claimed that on November 4, Ms O’Sullivan had attended Dr Crotty as she was experiencing palpitations. A blood test was completed and taken for analysis at Cork University Hospital. On November 7 the result showing  severe hypokalaemia, a low level of potassium, was sent to the Doctor’s clinic in Ballincollig.

Dr Crotty, it is claimed, did not plan to admit Ms O’Sullivan to hospital immediately upon learning she suffered severe hypokalaemia. Neither did she advise the patient that this is what she was suffering from.

Additionally, it was claimed that the HSE did not properly indicate the importance of the abnormal blood test results to the doctor and that there was an absence of efficient systems of communication. Along with this, it was stated by Mr O’Sullivan’s legal representatives that the HSE had depended on a clerical officer to send the test results that they required urgent clinical attention.

In a letter that was read aloud to the court, Dr Crotty and the HSE apologised for their part in the events that led to Ms O’Sullivan’s passing. It referred to the O’Sullivan family on behalf of Dr Crotty remarking: “I deeply regret the tragic circumstances that led to the death of your wife, mother and sister Ms Maureen O’Sullivan. I apologise unreservedly for the part I played in the events leading up to her death. I am acutely conscious of the pain and suffering which this has caused to you all.”

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

€40,000 Hospital Negligence Award Following Death of Girl Due to a Hole in her Heart

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has issued an apology unreservedly to the family of a little girl who died due to a hole in her heart being not being diagnosed. The HSE will also be required to pay over €40,000 hospital misdiagnosis compensation to her parents.

Aimee Keogh was two-years-old when she died in an ambulance as she was due to be transferred from Limerick Hospital to Our Lady’s Hospital for Children, Crumlin for a cardiac procedure on July 10, 2014.

Aimee had first been taken to hospital in March 2014 for febrile convulsions caused by tonsillitis. Consultant radiologist Padraig O’Brien said that after reviewing her X-ray, he was suspicious of a septal defect – a hole between the chambers of the heart.

Despite this, Aimee was not taken to a paediatric cardiologist and further negligence was experienced when a paediatric neurologist and a treating paediatrician did not review or recognise irregularities in the X-ray, the Keogh family alleged.

Four months later, Aimee’s major congenital heart defect went undiagnosed until her condition worsened in the days leading up to her death.

Aimee had experienced 17 seizures before being taken to hospital on July 9 and was being made ready for transfer to Dublin for a paediatric cardio echo procedure that can be carried out only by a paediatric cardio consultant based at Crumlin Hospital in Dublin.

An inquest into the little girl’s passing was told her case was never examined by a paediatric cardiologist, but paediatric consultant Anne Marie Murphy, who was responsible for Aimee’s case, said she discovered the X-ray to be normal and a multi-disciplinary team who looked over the same X-ray over three weeks later also found it to be regular.

When this happened there were no paediatric cardiologists located outside Crumlin and children could have to wait up to two years for an appointment.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly directed the Health Service Executive to pay misdiagnosis compensation of €40,000 to the Keogh family.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

Medical Negligence Compensation Settlement Agreed in Relation to Ectopic Pregnancy Death

Alan Thawley, whose wife Malak passed away during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in 2016 has settled his High Court action for medical negligence compensation.

Mrs Thawley, aged 34 at the time of her death was expecting her first when she died at the Holles Street hospital on May 8, 2016.

In the initial hearing legal representatives for Mr Thawley advised the court last week that his wife’s death was a result of a “cascade of negligence”. Liam Reidy SC, representing Mr Thawley argued that the doctor who carried out the surgery on Malak, a teacher and a US citizen, was an inexperienced junior surgeon and was not adequately supervised.

He added that the ineptitude of the physicians could be highlighted particularly when a decision was taken to cool Mrs Thawley’s brain with ice. Upon discovery that there was no ice in the hospital two doctors were sent across the road to a pub to get ice as there was none in the hospital.

Mr Justice Anthony Barr was told, when the case came back before the court on Tuesday, that it was settled for compensatory damages only and aggravated or exemplary damages were not involved. No other specific details of the medical negligence settlement were provided to the court.

Commenting outside the court Alan Thawley said that he was happy to have come to a settlement after a long and harrowing process. He said: “There is no compensation that could replace the profound loss of my wife’s untimely and needless death”.

Mr Thawley went on to say: “The proceedings were brought forth to expose the cascade of negligence demonstrated by the hospital”.

He also committed to working with the Department of Health’s Ministerial Inquiry in a bid to prevent other people suffering, as he has, in the future.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

1,000 Irish Deaths Due to Medical Negligence Every Year

Roger Murray, Head of the Medical Negligence Department at a leading law firm, told a recent Pathways to Progress conference on medical negligence that around 1,000 unnecessary deaths are happening annually in Ireland due to medical mistakes.

Mr Murray, joint Managing partner at Callan Tansey solicitors, went on to say that up to 160,000 people attending hospital for treatments suffer injuries due to human error. Mr Tansey, speaking during September at the gathering of solicitors, medical professionals and patients, insisted that there is “no compo culture” present when it comes to medical negligence compensation action in Ireland. He saidthat what we are currently seeing in the legal system in Ireland is just “the top of a very murky iceberg”.

Mr Tansey who has represented clients in a number of high-profile medical negligence compensation legal actions said that he feels that not all people injured in medical incidents make it known it while the HSE is alerted of 34,170 “clinical incidents” every year. Just 575 of these incidents lead to compensation claims against the HSE, a rate of less than 1.7 per cent.

The most commonly experienced cases, according to Mr Murray, relate to surgery (36 per cent) medicine (24 per cent), maternity (23 per cent) and gynaecology (7.5 per cent).

He emphasised that while injured patients and families do have pity for medical professionals after they make mistakes what “they cannot abide is systemic and repeated errors”.

He called for inn depth reviews to be completed when mistakes do occur. Mr Murray said he had seen many inquests where families learned that reviews had been completed following a death and, despite this, and the results were not disseminated to appropriate staff who could have learned from them.

 

 

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

Judge Approves Settlement of Compensation for the Failure to Diagnose Hydrocephalus

Mr Justice Kevin Cross has approved a €1.9 million settlement of compensation for the failure to diagnose hydrocephalus in favour of an eight-year-old boy.

Joe Keegan-Grant was born on 17th January 2008 at the Mount Carmel Hospital by emergency Caesarean Section. The emergency procedure had been ordered by doctors wary of applying any pressure to an arachnoid cyst that had been revealed at the base of Joe´s skull during a pre-natal scan.

Despite the presence of the cyst, Joe was discharged from hospital a few days later. Over the course of the next few months, Joe was regularly assessed by public health nurses and paediatrician Dr Vladka Vilimkova. However, despite concerns about his delayed development, neither the public health nurses nor Dr Vilimkova identified that Joe´s head was growing too quickly for his age.

It was only in October 2008 – when Joe had been taken to his family´s new GP in Creggs, County Roscommon, suffering with a chest infection – was any comment made about the size of Joe´s head. Joe was referred to the Crumlin Hospital, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus – a condition that is known to be a consequence of an arachnoid cyst, and that can cause developmental delay and autism.

Through his mother, Patricia, Joe claimed compensation for the failure to diagnose hydrocephalus – alleging that both the public health nurses and Dr Vilimkova failed to plot Joe´s head circumference on a chart or exchange information about Joe´s developmental delay. The HSE denied liability, but made the family an offer of compensation for the failure to diagnose hydrocephalus amounting to €1.9 million.

At the High Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Kevin Cross heard that, although there was evidence to support the claim for compensation for the failure to diagnose hydrocephalus, the HSE had opposing evidence that disputed the link between the failure to diagnose hydrocephalus, developmental delay and autism. With there being a dispute over liability and causation, the court was asked to approve the settlement.

Joe´s father told the judge: “we just want to ensure that we can look after him and offer him the best care and therapy and interventions that can bring him along.” Judge Cross also heard that, despite his autism, Joe was doing well at a mainstream school but he will never be able to care for himself, get a job or lead an independent life.

Judge Cross said in the circumstances it would be prudent to approve the settlement of compensation for the failure to diagnose hydrocephalus. The judge noted there was a risk that, should the case go to a full hearing, Joe might be unsuccessful with his claim against the HSE. The judge approved the settlement and closed the hearing after wishing Joe and his parents all the best for the future.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

Claim for the Inappropriate Use of Syntocinon Heard in Court

The High Court has heard details of a claim for the inappropriate use of Syntocinon during labour, which resulted in a baby being born with kinetic cerebral palsy.

On 20th July 2007,Patrick Brannigan was born by emergency Caesarean Section at Cavan General Hospital after his mother had been administered Syntocinon to speed up her labour (you can read about the risks associated with Syntocinon here).

The synthetic drug was administered despite a CTG trace showing that Patrick was in distress in the womb and, rather than help facilitate his delivery, the Syntocinon had the effect of depriving Patrick of oxygen.

Patrick was born suffering from dyskinetic cerebral palsy. Now seven years of age, Patrick is confined to a wheelchair and has no means of communication. He is cared for full-time by his parents and will never be able to lead an independent life.

Through his mother – Niamh Brannigan of Castleblayeny, County Monaghan – Patrick made a claim for the inappropriate use of Syntocinon during his mother´s labour, alleging that medical staff at Cavan General Hospital mismanaged his birth.

Cavan General Hospital acknowledged that the drug should never have been administered when there were signs of foetal distress and apologised to the family. A €2.1 million interim settlement of Patrick´s claim for the inappropriate use of Syntocinon was agreed, subject to approval by a judge.

Earlier this week at the High Court in Dublin, the circumstances leading up to Patrick´s birth were related to Mr Justice Kevin Cross. Judge Cross heard that Patrick is a cheerful, good humoured boy before approving the interim settlement of compensation.

The judge then adjourned the claim for the inappropriate use of Syntocinon for three years in order that reports could be compiled into Patrick´s future needs. It is hoped that legislation is passed within the next three years in order that a periodic payment structure can be used to resolve Patrick´s claim for the inappropriate use of Syntocinon.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

MPS Suggests Protocol to Lower Costs of Hospital Negligence Claims in Ireland

The Medical Protection Society has suggested that solicitors trial a “pre-action protocol” which is aimed at lowering the costs of hospital negligence claims in Ireland.

Because of the significant expenses involved in bringing legal action against the HSE, the costs of hospital negligence claims can be exceptional. The Medical Protection Society – a non-profit organisation that provides legal assistance to the medical industry – acknowledges this, and has proposed a “pre-trial protocol” which aims to lower the costs of hospital negligence claims in Ireland.

The suggested protocol is intended to promote openness and transparency in communications between solicitors acting on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, and provide an opportunity for hospital negligence claims to be investigated and resolved before litigation is necessary.

In England and Wales financial penalties are imposed on solicitors who go straight to litigation without first attempting some form of mediation; but, if the MPS´s proposals are successful, penalties should not be necessary when the improved dialogue should lower the costs of hospital negligence claims in Ireland by creating a less adversarial process.

The MPS´s Director of Claims – Emma Hallinan – is proposing that the protocol be trialled voluntarily before legislation has to be introduced for solicitors to engage at an early stage. She said “We recognise the important role that the MPS must play, and have committed to trialling procedural reform before it is introduced in statute. We are in the process of writing to plaintiff lawyers with large medical negligence practices to request that they work with us to pilot this.”

Among the MPS´s proposals, a tariff of general damages would be introduced – similar to the Judicial College´s “Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases” in the UK – which would provide a scale of compensation awards for specific physical injuries caused by hospital negligence ranging from dental damage to catastrophic brain injuries.

Other general damages (for loss of amenity and emotional trauma) as well as special damages to replace lost income and expenses would still have to be resolved by negotiation; however many observers looking at the proposals are in agreement that the MPS is heading in the right direction to lower the costs of hospital negligence claims in Ireland.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

Mistreatment of Care Home Residents Investigated by HSE

The mistreatment of care home residents at a County Mayo care centre is being investigated by the Health Service Executive after claims of abuse were made in an RTÉ documentary.

The documentary concerning the standards of care at the Áras Attracta care centre in Swinford, County Mayo, was broadcast last week on RTÉ´s Primetime program. The documentary was built around video footage which had been recorded by an undercover investigator, and which showed staff at the centre slapping, kicking, and physically restraining residents with intellectual disabilities.

Allegations of the mistreatment of the care home residents had been brought to the attention of RTÉ by a former employee after her complaints to the centre´s management were unresolved. The undercover investigator filmed the mistreated of care home residents in Unit Three of Áras Attracta – a bungalow that is home to three women – which included the women being force-fed, abused and restrained in their chairs for hours at a time.

RTÉ contacted the Health Service Executive (HSE) prior to the broadcast of the program to advise the body ultimately responsible for the standard of care at the centre of what was to be shown. A spokesperson for the HSE described the mistreatment of care home residents as “totally unacceptable” and immediately launched an investigation.

 The director general of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, said in a statement: “Much of what was viewed on Primetime falls well below the standards that we expect in the health services. Such standards should not and will not be tolerated in the HSE.” He added: “At the centre of many of these examples of poor practice is individual responsibility of staff members.” Several staff have subsequently been suspended, and the HSE has informed the Gardaí and the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) of the lack of care at Áras Attracta.

The HSE also apologised to the residents of Áras Attracta and their families for the mistreatment of care home residents that had taken place. The apology stated that the HSE did not wish to “pre-empt the findings of an independent investigation” but that it has taken several immediate actions to “guarantee that a safe and caring environment exists for the residents of Unit Three”.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

Government Launch Scheme for Women to Claim Symphysiotomy Compensation

The government has launched a scheme for women to claim symphysiotomy compensation for operations conducted without their consent or knowledge between the 1940s and the 1980s.

Almost twelve months after the government performed a U-turn on extending the Statute of Limitations in order that women who had undergone symphysiotomies and pubiotomies during childbirth could claim symphysiotomy compensation, a new scheme has been launched to compensate the estimated 350 survivors of the procedures.

The new scheme to claim symphysiotomy compensation consists of a three-tier program which will pay compensation to the survivors depending on the level of injury they sustained:

  • Women who underwent a symphysiotomy and did not suffer any long term consequences are entitled to claim €50,000.
  • Women who suffered a recorded disability as the result of a symphysiotomy operation will be able to recover €100,000
  • Women who underwent a symphysiotomy subsequent to giving birth by Caesarean Section are entitled to €150,000

Maureen Harding-Clark – a former High Court Judge – has been appointed to consider each claim and, to qualify to claim symphysiotomy compensation, survivors have to submit their application for compensation before Friday 5th December. Judge Harding has the authority to extend the deadline by a further 20 working days in exceptional circumstances.

Once a claim for symphysiotomy compensation has been considered and valued, survivors have twenty days in which to accept Judge Harding´s assessment. However, under the terms of the compensation scheme, in order to receive the payment, the plaintiff must withdraw from any High Court action against the state that is in progress.

Currently there are more than 150 High Court actions in progress and, according to Marie O’Connor – chairwoman of Survivors of Symphysiotomy group – dates for two hearings have already been set. Ms O´Connor is unhappy with the new scheme to claim symphysiotomy compensation and says that the short time limit for applications makes it “impossible for women to seek independent advice and to make a considered decision”.

There has also been opposition to the scheme from Mark Kelly – the Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Mr Kelly says that the scheme falls short of what is required under Ireland´s human rights obligations on two counts – that it does not address compensation on an individual basis, and that payments made under the scheme are made without admission of liability by the state.

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If you or somebody close to you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to to hospital medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. A claim for hospital medical malpractice in Ireland has to demonstrate that a medical professional – or one of their support team – made an error which “in the circumstances and at the time” could have been avoided had an alternative course of action been taken. No two claims for hospital medical malpractice are the same, as the consequences of hospital medical malpractice affect everybody in a different way. Therefore, it is your best interests to establish your entitlement to claim hospital medical malpractice compensation with an experienced Irish solicitor at the first practical opportunity.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Apologises for Wrongful Death due to Failing to Diagnose Cancer

A family has received an apology from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for a wrongful death due to failing to diagnose cancer.

The family of Sharon McEneaney from Carrickmacross in County Monaghan – who died in April 2009 from a cancerous tumour in her abdomen – were at the High Court when they heard an apology read to them by a representative of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, were Sharon attended complaining of a pain in her abdomen in October 2007.

The court heard how attending physician Dr Etop Samson Akpan failed to consider the potential of a tumour, and it was not until former TD Dr Rory O´Hanlon intervened on Sharon´s behalf that she was given a biopsy in June 2008.  By then the abdomen cancer had developed beyond the stage at which it could be treated. Sharon died ten months later.

The court was also told that a report compiled by the Health Service Executive (HSE) after an investigation into Sharon´s death made thirty-eight recommendations for the future prevention of a wrongful death due to failing to diagnose cancer and that Dr Akpan was found guilty of a poor professional performance at a hearing of the Medical Council of Ireland´s Fitness to Practise Committee in January 2012.

The apology to the family was read by Margaret Swords – the General Manager of the Louth & Meath Hospital Group – who admitted that Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital had failed Sharon and that the hospital was making progress in implementing the HSE´s recommendations. The court also heard that a settlement of compensation for a wrongful death due to failing to diagnose cancer had been agreed amounting to €62,500.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told that €10,000 of the settlement was going to cover the cost of Sharon´s funeral and other expenses related to her death, while Sharon´s mother – Jane – is to receive €27,100, and the remainder to be divided between Sharon´s four brothers and sisters. The judge heard that the family was satisfied with Ms Swords´ apology and the terms of the settlement.

Closing the hearing, Judge Irvine said that the McEneaney family had shown “courage and tenacity” throughout the inquest into Sharon´s death and “marvellous fortitude” in the face of such a tragic loss.

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