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Cancer patient in 26-hour bed wait dies at age of 51

By Claire Williamson

A cancer patient who waited 26 hours for a hospital bed earlier this year has passed away.

Maria Gibney (51) from Belfast had a kidney removed as a result of her cancer but the disease continued to spread.

She was suffering from secondary lung cancer.

On April 29, in excruciating pain, she experienced a catalogue of problems at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH). She spent 26 hours waiting for a bed in its emergency department.

Ms Gibney called on the then Health Minister Edwin Poots to take responsibility for her ordeal.

Mr Poots responded in full to Mrs Gibney's concerns and expressed his "regret" that she had to "face such an ordeal".

The mother-of-one's condition had deteriorated in recent months and she passed away on Monday. Her funeral will take place today (Thursday) in St Luke's Church, Belfast.

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