Health service ordered to pay €173,000 over patient’s death

Woman diagnosed with 'anxiety syndrome' actually had internal bleeding

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The misdiagnosis was made at Málaga's Carlos Haya hospital

By Dave Jamieson

ANDALUCÍA’S regional health service (SAS) has been ordered to pay almost €173,000 compensation in the case of a 34-year-old woman who died after her condition was misdiagnosed in Málaga’s Carlos Haya hospital. A Málaga court has ruled in the case brought against SAS by the woman’s family.

It heard that she attended the hospital’s A&E unit in June 2007 suffering from internal bleeding but was told to go home and rest. The woman told doctors she had been suffering stomach pains along with nausea and vomiting for some hours and was given an abdominal x-ray which “failed to show anything significant.” Diagnosed with “a probable anxiety syndrome,” she was given a sedative and sent home, despite asking to see the surgeon who had performed a gastric by-pass on her four years earlier.

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