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Grandmother death : NHS failings

Two NHS trusts in Devon have admitted failings following the death of a grandmother from a massive brain haemorrhage. Christine Smith died in July 2009 when doctors failed to recognise her 'red flag' symptoms and give her life-saving surgery.

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"Mum trusted she was in the best hands..."

Mum trusted that she was in the best hands and when she was told there wasn't anything seriously wrong with her there was of course no reason for her not to believe it.

It breaks my heart to think of the pain she was in and how much she suffered and the fact that more wasn't done to help her.

– Beverley Hopkins, Mrs Smith's mother

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