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Friday, 9 November, 2001, 12:31 GMT
Coma woman's family may sue
Teresa Innes
Teresa Innes is in a coma in Bradford Royal Infirmary
The family of a woman from West Yorkshire who was given penicillin despite being allergic to the drug are considering legal action.

Teresa Innes has been in a coma since the incident in September.

Her family claim that staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary were warned about her allergy before they administered the drug through a drip.

Ms Innes' Aunt, Sheila Innes, said: "Teresa is in a vegetative state which as far as I am concerned will only get persistent.

Bradford Royal Infirmary
The hospital is holding an investigation

"I don't feel she will pull through this at all.

"She was referred to the hospital for an absess on her leg and told the doctors there that she was allergic to penicillin.

"She was very aware of it [the allergy]... I can't understand their mistake.

Ms Innes, who has a teenage son, also wore a medical alert bracelet which said she should not be given penicillin.

'Slim prognosis'

It is believed that when she was given the drug, she had an extreme reaction called an anaphylactic shock, which stopped her heart.

Richard Chew, the press officer for Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust told BBC News Online: "We are keeping in close contact with the family, as we have done since the incident happened.

"An investigation is taking place to determine the circumstances."

Sheila Innes said: "The prognosis is very slim - she is in a coma and laid there.

"Scott [her son] is devastated but he is bearing up.

"Hopefully by speaking out it will make other people aware of it - iIt could happen to anyone."

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08 Nov 01 | England
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