Nurse, 35, dies of cancer after wrongly being given the all-clear

The cruellest tragedy: Nurse, 35, dies of cancer after wrongly being given the all-clear… by doctors at the hospital where she worked

  • Catherine Jones, 35, died after a series of errors at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales, where she worked as a nurse in the cardiology ward
  • The hospital finally admitted responsibility in a pre-inquest hearing on Friday 
  • A sample from the 2013 removal of an ovarian cyst was not screened properly and later Jones was mistakenly told she was cancer-free after a hysterectomy 
  • A full coronial inquest into Jones’ 2016 death is due to begin next year 

Catherine Jones, 35, a nurse in the cardiology ward at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales died from cancer in 2016 after mistakenly being given the all-clear by doctors at the hospital [File photo]

A nurse developed cancer and died three years after having a cyst removed – because doctors at the hospital where she worked had mistakenly given her the all-clear.

Catherine Jones, 35, had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales, in July 2013. 

A sample from the cyst should have been flagged as ‘borderline’ cancerous – and she would have been offered surgery and further treatment.

But instead she was not called for follow-up appointments and assumed she had the all-clear.

The cancer returned over the summer of 2016.  

Mrs Jones, who worked on a cardiology ward, was then admitted to hospital.

Urgent tests revealed a large cancerous tumour and she underwent a hysterectomy.

Mrs Jones was then wrongly told she was cancer free. In fact, it had spread and she died months later, in November 2016.

For the past four years her husband, David, 42, a chartered engineer, has been fighting Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to learn the truth.

Bosses had insisted that they investigated Mrs Jones’ case properly. 

But a pre-inquest hearing in Ruthin, North Wales, on Friday was told the hospital had finally admitted they bungled Mrs Jones’ treatment and that she would likely have survived had she received the proper care.

Mr Jones, of Hawarden, said: ‘Catherine was deprived of her future and need not have suffered. 

She should have been celebrating her 40th birthday this week but she was let down at every stage by the very hospital she worked for.’

The coroner for north east Wales, John Gittins, is due to hold a full inquest into her death next year.

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