Strabane woman awarded compensation in negligence case

A woman who was unable to have children after a hospital failed to diagnose and treat a molar pregnancy in time has been awarded £160,000 compensation.
Joanne Connolly was awarded damages in a High Court settlement following her medical negligence claim against the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
35 year-old Mrs Connolly, from Strabane, a radiographer at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry, went to the hospital’s casualty department in May 2002 as she was concerned about her first pregnancy.
Despite further attendances, the diagnosis of a molar pregnancy was not immediately established.
Mrs Connolly’s lawyers claimed the absence of a management policy for a molar pregnancy led to a delay in treating the life-threatening condition. A month later, Mrs Connolly had to undergo a hysterectomy.
Mrs Connolly’s lawyers said the trust denied liability for nine years before finally admitting their negligence last month.

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