A woman who had worn her wedding rings for 74 years without taking them off had them stolen as she lay dying in hospital, her family have claimed.
Bertha Guymer, who died aged 94 at Queen’s Hospital on Rom Valley Way in Romford, Essex, would have been ‘devastated’ to have been without them, her daughter said.
Pat Nicholls, 71, from Hornchurch, said it would require ‘a lot of force’ to remove the rings from her mother’s fingers, which were swollen with arthritis.
The trust which runs the hospital said they could not account for the loss, despite an investigation they described as ‘extensive’.
Mrs Nicholls’ son Robert, 50, said it was impossible that the rings fell off.
‘Mum held her hand in the ambulance to reassure her so she knew she had the rings on her hand then,’ he said.
Mrs Nicholls insisted the theft would have taken place during the two days between Mrs Guymer’s admission to hospital and her death.
The deputy nursing chief for the trust that runs the hospital, Judith Douglas, apologised for the failure of the investigation.
‘We have carried out an extensive investigation but to no avail and I can only apologise unreservedly to the family for that,’ she said.
6 June 2014 | 3:31 pm – Source: metro.co.uk