A DISTRAUGHT father was forced to carry the body of his newborn son to an autopsy in the back of a taxi.
Mark Molloy and his wife Roisin told the inquest into the death of their baby son Mark Jnr that their world had been ripped apart after he died 20 minutes after his birth.
The seemingly healthy baby boy was born by caesarean section in January of last year at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
Mark Jnr was their fifth son and the couple were overjoyed with his arrival, joking to staff about how they were going to feed five boys.
But what came next, Mr Molloy next described as the “worst 20 minutes of my life”.
Mr Molloy recalled how he waited anxiously to hear his baby son cry and reassured his concerned wife that doctors were working on him.
However, after 22 minutes, doctors informed the couple their seemingly healthy baby boy was dead.
Their grief was made worse after Mark had to carry the body of his newborn son in the back of a taxi for a post-mortem examination in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
The inquest was told that taxis are regularly used for this purpose.
Mr Molloy asked if he could carry the baby’s body in his brother’s car, but was told this was not possible.
When the couple requested an ambulance to transport their son’s body, the request was denied.
Mr Molloy said he was in “absolute and total shock” after the death of his son.
He was also devastated for his four other sons who were at home, expecting news about their little brother.
He told the inquest that they did not understand why their son died, and had been waiting for answers for almost two years.
The inquest into the baby’s death continues today.