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Aberystwyth vet ‘accidentally kills puppy with injection’ 

Molly the ten-week-old border collie fell ill after her routine puppy vaccination But a vet administ..

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  • Molly the ten-week-old border collie fell ill after her routine puppy vaccination
  • But a vet administered potassium chloride because it was 'stored incorrectly'
  • Devastated owners Wayne and Lisa Maguire say they're 'frustrated and upset'

By Amie Gordon For Mailonline

Published: 05:33 EST, 8 November 2017 | Updated: 06:35 EST, 8 November 2017

A couple have been left devastated after their ten-week-old puppy was mistakenly given a lethal injection by a vet.

Molly the border collie was being monitored after she fell ill following her second routine puppy vaccination at WJ Downes veterinary practice in Aberystwyth.

But she died after a vet accidentally used a lethal solution of potassium chloride in her drip because it had been 'stored incorrectly'.

And in a further blow, her owners Wayne and Lisa Maguire were then refused a refund for the treatment Molly had received.

Molly the ten-week-old border collie was being monitored after she fell ill following the injection of her second routine puppy vaccination – but died just days later

Wayne and Lisa Maguire then received the heartbreaking news Molly had accidentally been given a lethal solution of potassium chloride in place of heparinized salineWayne and Lisa Maguire then received the heartbreaking news Molly had accidentally been given a lethal solution of potassium chloride in place of heparinized saline

Wayne and Lisa Maguire then received the heartbreaking news Molly had accidentally been given a lethal solution of potassium chloride in place of heparinized saline

Mr Maguire, from Lledrod, in Ceredigion, Wales said: 'She had her second vaccination jab on the Monday. She reacted to that and it gave her a temperature and diarrhoea.

'She initially recovered, but went downhill again and she went back in and was put on a drip.

'My wife called the vets on the day of the incident and she was told they wanted to keep her in to care for her. The vet called back a few hours later and said Molly had died.

'She was a healthy pup. We are frustrated, annoyed and upset about it. We wouldn't want anyone to go through what we went through.'

A letter from the practice's insurers, The Veterinary Defence Society Limited (VDS), confirms Molly's death was caused by 'an inadvertent injection with a solution of Potassium chloride in place of heparinized saline'.

Mr Maguire said the surgery admitted Molly's death was caused by the incorrect storage of medication and has apologised.

Molly was a healthy ten-week-old pup before she visited the veterinary practice Molly was a healthy ten-week-old pup before she visited the veterinary practice 

Molly was a healthy ten-week-old pup before she visited the veterinary practice

A letter from the practice's insurers, The Veterinary Defence Society Limited, confirms Molly's death was caused by 'an inadvertent injection with a solution of Potassium chloride in place of heparinized saline'A letter from the practice's insurers, The Veterinary Defence Society Limited, confirms Molly's death was caused by 'an inadvertent injection with a solution of Potassium chloride in place of heparinized saline'

A letter from the practice's insurers, The Veterinary Defence Society Limited, confirms Molly's death was caused by 'an inadvertent injection with a solution of Potassium chloride in place of heparinized saline'

A personal letter from the vet who administered the injection, Sharon King, sent to the couple on 30 September, reads: 'I wish to extend my heartfelt apologies to you both for the untimely death of Molly.

'I realise my apology cannot ease your grief, but I would like you to know that I am truly devastated by the whole event, and that the consequences of my well intentioned actions on 4 August resulted in Molly's death.

'I hope you can accept both my apologies and sincere condolences for your loss.'

The Maguires made a formal claim for compensation following Molly's death, which was passed onto VDS, the vets' insurers.

They wanted £524.80 to cover Molly's purchase cost, her insurance and vet bills along with an additional claim for distress.

VDS offered the Maguires £150 compensation for the purchase price of Molly.

However, it would not refund the earlier treatment of the puppy, which totaled £260.80.

While the couple were not charged for the treatment which killed Molly, they were refused a refund for the treatment given to her prior to her deathWhile the couple were not charged for the treatment which killed Molly, they were refused a refund for the treatment given to her prior to her death

While the couple were not charged for the treatment which killed Molly, they were refused a refund for the treatment given to her prior to her death

In a letter to the couple, VDS said it 'gives us a little more difficulty as you were always due to pay for Molly's treatment prior to the tragic error'.

They offered to pay £70 to towards the primary vaccination, microchip and puppy worming.

The distress claim was dismissed by the insurer because under English and Welsh law, damages for distress are not recoverable in respect of an animal.

Mr Maguire added: 'It is not about the money for us, it is about the way they have treated us – there is no personal nature to it. All the way through, it has been us chasing them.

'We have two other collies who are about four years old. One is quite nervous and we were worried he wouldn't take to Molly.

'What actually happened was he played with her and they became close, and to lose a pup after that was a bit of a shock to the system.'

A statement from WJ Downes read: 'There is an ongoing investigation into the issue and we are thus currently unable to comment.'

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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