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Patient's €75,000 for op blunder

A WOMAN who almost died when doctors failed to spot she was suffering from an ectopic pregnancy has been awarded €75,000 damages.

Anne English's treatment at St Joseph's Hospital, Clonmel and Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel, was 'grossly negligent' the High Court heard.

Mrs English (47) went to St Joseph's in severe pain, but Dr Raymond Howard failed to spot the pregnancy, and moved her to Cashel, suggesting appendicitis.

When the ectopic pregnancy ruptured Mrs English was rushed back to Clonmel for surgery.

She suffered severe blood loss and almost died.

"The decision to transfer her to Clonmel amounted to gross negligence," said Mr Justice Sean Ryan.