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Whittington Hospital Admits ‘Failing’ Brain Abscess Man With Mental Age Of 7

April 22, 2013

A hospital has admitted it “failed” a man with learning difficulties who died from a brain abscess after he was sent home from hospital twice.

The family of Gerald Yilmaz, from north London, who had the mental age of seven, took him to Whittington Hospital in Islington when he complained of headaches and was confused.

On a third trip he was correctly diagnosed, but died a week later.

Following an inquest the coroner said it was likely that earlier treatment would have prevented his death.

BBC London’s Warren Nettleford spoke to Gerald’s brother Muhammed, Richard Jennings from the hospital and Beverley Dawkings from Mencap.

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