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Woman’s hospital death could have been prevented

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A Fatal Accident Inquiry has ruled that the life of a pregnant woman might have been saved if she had seen a consultant after being admitted to the Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow in 2008, reports the BBC.

Caroline McCall was eight months pregnant when she experienced severe chest pains that she suspected might be a heart attack. She was taken to the hospital where she saw a number of medical professionals but not a consultant, and died 41 hours after being admitted. Her daughter, who is now five, was delivered by caesarean section 45 minutes before her death.

The Sheriff described the care she received as “substandard” and said that her death might have been prevented had she been seen by a consultant obstetrician. Experts reportedly said that if her heart condition had been diagnosed when she arrived at hospital, her chances of surviving would have been as high as 80%.

Her partner is taking civil action against NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, reports the BBC.

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