MoD apology over swine flu death of soldier
The Ministry of Defence has apologised to the family of Northern Ireland’s first swine flu fatality.
Soldier Lee Porter, who served in the Royal Artillery, died from the condition last Friday at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.
Initially the MoD said the 30-year-old bombadier from Coleraine had suffered underlying medical conditions which were exacerbated after he contracted the H1N1 virus.
But yesterday the MoD was forced to withdraw this assessment after concerns were raised by Mr Porter’s grieving family.
His parents had become distressed by media speculation, fearing important information may have been kept from them.
A spokesman from the MoD said:“The MoD has apologised unreservedly to the family and for anything we said that we indicated caused concern at that tragic time.”
Dozens of family and friends are expected to gather at the Porter family home on Saturday at 11am to pay their last respects to the 30-year-old.