Tuesday 21 October 2014

Call for probe into death of man (22) following knee op

Ciaran Murphy and Breda Heffernan

Published 01/12/2012 | 05:00

THE family of a sport-loving student who died one week after undergoing knee surgery has called for an independent probe.

Legal studies student Niall Comerford (22) collapsed at the Waterford Institute of Technology on October 1, one week after he had the operation.

An inquest found he suffered heart failure after deep vein thrombosis (DVT) developed in his left calf.

Niall's devastated parents, Walter and Joan, claim he was discharged from Kilcreene Hospital in Kilkenny without an after care sheet telling him what symptoms of DVT to look out for.

Calling for an independent inquiry, they added: "We feel that an independent body such as HIQA (Health Information Quality Authority), or any other independent body would be suitable as the family would not have any faith in an internal HSE inquiry."

The student, who lived at Delahunty Terrace in Kilkenny, was an accomplished kick boxer who fought at European title level.

He had been suffering with an injury to his left knee, and had surgery at the orthopedic hospital at Kilcreene just days before his death. Niall was due to go back for a check-up at Kilcreene 10 days after discharge.

The family are also considering legal proceedings against the hospital, which was not represented at the inquest.

Waterford City Coroner John Goff recorded a death of acute cardiac failure secondary to pulmonary failure, which was caused by deep vein thrombosis originating in the left calf.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said it is liaising with Niall's family.

Irish Independent

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