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In Brief: CF patients turned away

FIVE cystic fibrosis patients have been turned away from a dedicated unit, it was claimed.

The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI) said just 27 beds at the specialist facility at St Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH) in south Dublin are occupied with CF patients, despite health chiefs committing to set aside 34 beds.

Chief executive Philip Watt said five patients have been sent home and told to wait until someone is discharged.

"Over the past week there has been up to seven waiting for a room. This is completely unacceptable and is jeopardising the health of our patients," he said.

Ireland has the highest proportion of CF patients in the world, with one in 19 said to carry one copy of the altered gene that causes it.

Campaigner and Independent TD Finian McGrath said: "These patients need support yet there were no beds in the new ¤22m cystic fibrosis unit."

Mum jailed for killing children

A MUM has been convicted of first-degree murder of her two children, who were smothered.

Kelli Murphy, of Colorado, US, was convicted of two counts each of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder of a victim under age 12. A judge immediately sentenced her to two life sentences without parole.

Prosecutors argued Murphy killed her daughter Madigan and son Liam as revenge against her husband after they filed for divorce.