AN IRVINE woman suffering from Huntington’s Disease has died of her condition having never gained a place she was promised at a specialised nursing facility.

Dorothy Clark passed away on Tuesday almost a year after health chiefs vowed to place her in the care of the new state-of-the art Huntington’s Disease facility in Ayr - but then backtracked on the decision.

Since then Dorothy’s son Darren and husband Jim have been fighting to get her in to the Wallacetown Gardens facility, even taking their fight all the way to the Scottish Government.

However after a year of fighting, the family revealed Dorothy passed away on Tuesday, July 24 after a 26-year battle with the disease – which damages nerve cells in the brain.

Son Darren, 26, told the Times: “It’s been a very sad week. Obviously we are devastated we have lost mum. Although she did have Huntington’s, her death was still a shock. We didn’t expect it. 

“We are disappointed that we weren’t able to get her a place at Wallacetown Gardens, but we took it as far as we could. When the Scottish Government say they can’t help you there really isn’t much more you can do.

“We don’t feel angry or bitter just disappointment that we were promised something that was taken taken away from mum.

“That said, she passed away in Woodland View which had been her home for the last few years of her life and she was surrounded by people who knew and loved her .”

Dorothy’s funeral will be held on Monday, August 6 at 10am in St Marys Church in Irvine then onto Dreghorn crematorium at 11.30am, then tea in Irvine Park Bowling Club.