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(NEW YORK POST) – Last Christmas? Oops — we meant merry Christmas! A UK doctor’s office texted thousands of patients startling news that they were dying of “aggressive lung cancer” — when they’d just meant to wish them “a very merry Christmas.”

Askern Medical Practice in Doncaster sent the automated text on Friday, two days before Christmas, warning of “diagnosis — Aggressive lung cancer with metastases,” the BBC said.

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It asked patients to fill out a form that allows people with terminal illnesses to claim benefits, leaving many who got it in tears. But within the hour, the surgery sent a follow-up offering “sincere apologies for the previous text message sent.”

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