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Garda criminal investigation into Covid victim’s hospital exit ‘making progress’

Gardaí investigating an incident involving a Covid-19 patient leaving from a hospital in Donegal is “making progress”.

A senior Garda officer is investigating all the circumstances surrounding the decision of Joe McCarron to reject medical advice and leave Letterkenny University Hospital.


McCarron left the hospital, but returned two days later and subsequently died.

In a video that went viral on social media, he was convinced to leave the hospital by an Italian man, despite the best efforts of medical staff to get him to remain in hospital.

A Garda source said a criminal investigation into the matter is progressing well.


“It will come down to whether this patient was forced or coerced to leave hospital,” the source said.

Gardaí are also looking at issues such as trespass and whether hospital staff were threatened.


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