The family of a woman who died when her bowel burst, hours after paramedics decided not to take her to hospital, is suing West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A paramedic admitted in an inquest he had failed to do a routine check on Lynda Gower that would have shown she needed hospital treatment.

Her husband said he was “shocked” the coroner ruled she had died of natural causes when the evidence suggested it was likely she would have survived.

The ambulance service has apologised.

Mrs Gower, 63, from Redditch, started feeling unwell on Christmas Day in 2017. She saw her GP on 27 December, who diagnosed gastroenteritis, but by 28 December she had not been to the toilet and had been vomiting for three days.

An inquest heard by Worcestershire

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