The coroner’s court has determined that a medical accident led to the death of a woman who was mistakenly diagnosed with a migraine by the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.
One month later the 21-year-old died from a large subarachnoid haemorrhage. The error came despite the victim’s repeated requests for a brain scan. The Health and Safety Executive has apologised to the deceased family and made a compensation payment. The Jury has recommended that patients who complain of persistent and severe headaches should in future; receive Cat scans as soon as possible.