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"A devastated husband whose wife died following a Christmas Day pub lunch has claimed she was sent home from hospital just hours before her death.

Della Callagher, 46, took ill after the meal at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex. She was one of seven people in the party of 16 who had eaten turkey and then became unwell.

As the evening progressed, the 46-year-old's condition worsened and on Boxing Day she was admitted to the Queen's Hospital in Romford.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, her husband John, 51, said: 'She was in a really bad way but the hospital just sent her home. I was ill myself but she was in a terrible state.

'They sent her home and she just lay in my arms, basically she was dying. We called an ambulance and went back to the hospital but she barely had a pulse.'

Despite receiving medical assistance, Mrs Callagher, from Hornchurch, who had a 14-year-old daughter, died on December 27.

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