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'Loss felt by all of us is difficult to bear'

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

Lynn Lewis was a "beautiful person" who was forging a career as a successful businesswoman, her grieving husband has said.

Mark Lewis gave a moving tribute to his wife and mother of his two young daughters, Jane and Maggie, after the inquest into her death ended yesterday.

He also spoke of his and her family's "bitter disappointment" that she was failed "in so many ways" by her surgeon and his team at the Ulster Independent Clinic, saying "basic and fundamental aspects of the care she should have received were denied to her".

In a statement he described his wife and her interests:

"Lynn was devoted to our family. Her greatest pride and joy were her family.

"She had a very close relationship with her parents Jim and Marie and four sisters Jillian, Tracey, Alex and Helen.

"Her love for her daughters Jane and Maggie and myself was so complete, words cannot describe it.

"She exhibited qualities so rare, they are simply priceless.

"She was such a proud mum, always putting myself and her daughters above her own needs.

"The devastating loss felt by all of us near to her is extremely difficult to bear.

"It is our sincere hope that the systems and individuals who contributed to Lynn's death have learned clear and powerful lessons."

Mrs Lewis was formerly from the Ballymoney Road area of Banbridge, Co Down, but lived with her husband and family at Ahorey, Co Armagh.

She attended Dromore High School and went on to study agriculture at Greenmount College.

Her ambitions in farming were realised in 2003 when she and her husband invested in their poultry enterprise.

She was very proud of the business and was excited about their planned expansion.

Mrs Lewis was also very involved in her Young Farmers Club and once represented the YFCU on an exchange trip to the USA.

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