Strabane woman awarded compensation in negligence case

A woman who was unable to have children after a hospital failed to diagnose and treat a molar pregnancy in time has been awarded £160,000 compensation.

Joanne Connolly was awarded damages in a High Court settlement following her medical negligence claim against the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

35 year-old Mrs Connolly, from Strabane, a radiographer at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry, went to the hospital's casualty department in May 2002 as she was concerned about her first pregnancy.

Despite further attendances, the diagnosis of a molar pregnancy was not immediately established.

Mrs Connolly's lawyers claimed the absence of a management policy for a molar pregnancy led to a delay in treating the life-threatening condition. A month later, Mrs Connolly had to undergo a hysterectomy.

Mrs Connolly's lawyers said the trust denied liability for nine years before finally admitting their negligence last month.