NI Ombudsman probing Strabane pensioner’s case

The McGinley family hold a vigil outside Altnagelvin Hospital.
The McGinley family hold a vigil outside Altnagelvin Hospital.

The family of a Strabane woman, who sustained multiple fractures in Altnagelvin Hospital after she died, say the North’s Ombudsman is now looking at the case.

Maureen McGinley, who was 78, suffered 34 broken bones after her death seven years ago.

Relatives say no official explanation has been given for what caused the injuries or who was responsible.

Mrs McGinley’s son, Martin, says Northern Ireland Ombudsman Tom Frawley is now examining the case.

“Perhaps he can provide some answers which have been sadly lacking over the years,” he said.

“We’re not going to go away on this. If it takes another twenty years to find out the truth of what happened to our mother, we will be there every step of the way.

“All we have at the minute are questions. We are waiting for the answers.

“My mother sustained her injuries within the walls of Altnagelvin Hospital. Someone working within these walls must know what happened and they should come forward now and help ease our pain.

“We’ve been through so much in the past seven years and surely it’s not too much to ask for some answers.”

The McGinley family recently held a vigil outside Altnagelvin Hospital to mark the seventh anniversary of their mother’s death.

They have held a number of vigils outside the hospital over the years in their ongoing quest for answers.