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Woman dies after waiting 14 hours in hospital

53-year-old dead from perforated gallbladder

Woman dies after waiting 14 hours in hospital

Rome, April 8 - An inquiry has been opened after a 53-year-old woman died after waiting 14 hours in a Rome hospital emergency room, Italian consumer group Codici said on Monday. The woman was taken to the Tor Vergata hospital suffering from severe abdominal pain from gallstones last Wednesday. After being left on a stretcher for eight hours, the woman was placed in a room and administered pain killers, where she died six hours later from what doctors believe was a perforated gallbladder. "We could be looking at the latest in a string of medical malpractice cases," Codici National Secretary Ivano Giacomelli said.

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