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Friday 1 August 2014

Baby dies at Cavan General Hospital just weeks after similar tragedy

Two inquiries now underway after another baby died in the maternity unit this morning

Eilish O’Regan, Health Correspondent

Published 14/05/2014|16:35

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AN inquiry is underway into a another baby death at Cavan hospital - just weeks after a similar tragedy in the maternity unit.

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A spokeswoman for the HSE said the baby died this morning but did not elaborate on the circumstances of the death.

She said the hospital offered its deepest sympathy to the family on their tragic loss and hope they will be given the privacy that they need to deal with their grief.

The baby was born yesterday.

“ The hospital will give the family every assistance and support required. As is normal practice a full review of the circumstances surrounding the death will be carried out. “

She added:”The family of the baby, have asked that the media would respect their privacy to allow them mourn their loss without further media attention. In respecting their wishes, the HSE has agreed to make no further comment.”

It comes after it emerged last week that independent experts are to investigate if a delay in performing an emergency caesarean section on a woman whose baby was in distress contributed to the child’s death at the hospital.

An inquiry was launched into death of that baby at the maternity unit in Cavan General Hospital on Saturday April 26 last.

It is understood that the mother who was admitted to the hospital had developed complications on the Saturday evening which required a caesarean section to allow the baby be delivered as quickly as possible.

An investigation team ,which is to include outside experts, will have to determine if the time it took to get the woman to theatre on the Saturday was a factor in the baby’s death.It is believed the delay could have been more than an hour.

A senior doctor who works in the hospital is now on adminstrative leave although no adverse findings have been made against the medic.

The HSE confirmed that a “clinical incident” occurred in which a baby sadly died. A spokeswoman said the HSE Incident Management policy is being followed and a full and a  thorough investigation into this tragic event is now underway.

She said the hospital “extends it's deepest sympathy to the family.  Hospital management has met with the family and will continue to keep them informed of the ongoing management of the incident investigation. “

The spokewoman said the  grieving family has requested privacy at this time and has asked to media  not to contact them at this very difficult and distressing time.

The investigation team will also examine a range of other issues including hospital guidelines as well as staffing  levels and and operating theatre availability.

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