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Viennese mother dies after sent home by doctors in Spain

A pregnant Viennese mother has died in her home in the Canary Islands after doctors in Spain misdiagnosed her with a "dizzy spell" and sent her home from hospital.

Heavily pregnant 30-year-old Catherine K. went to hospital on the Spanish island of Tenerife at the end of April when she was suffering from a fever, shortness of breath and fainting but was sent home by doctors.

A few days later however, the young mother was found lifeless in her house by her 28-year-old friend. Emergency services were immediately called but paramedics came only after 17 minutes and when they did arrive, they did not have a defibrillator in their medical equipment that is necessary to restart someone's heart.

Having been untreated and without a pulse for 25 minutes, Catherine died along with her unborn baby. She leaves behind a 6-year-old son Elias.

Her family have called for an investigation to be carried out by authorities into the medical treatment received by the Austrian mother both in hospital and when emergency services were called out.

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