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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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NHS Trusts apologise for failings

In a joint statement, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust apologised to Mrs Smith's family.

Both the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to the highest standards of healthcare and all those involved with the care and treatment of Christine Smith profoundly regret that opportunities were missed to provide her with the care she required.

– Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust & Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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