Saturday 22 July 2017

Malak's husband is desperate for inquest

The hearing was told yesterday that a number of doctors and nurses were expected to be called as witnesses (Stock picture)
The hearing was told yesterday that a number of doctors and nurses were expected to be called as witnesses (Stock picture)
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The husband of Malak Thawley, who died at the National Maternity Hospital while having surgery for ectopic pregnancy, is going through a "tumultuous time" and would like the inquest into her death heard as soon as possible, the coroner's court was told.

Caoimhe Haughey, solicitor for Alan Thawley, was speaking as the case was given a provisional date of the end of June for hearing.

Ms Thawley (35) died in May last year after one of her main blood vessels was accidentally cut during the operation.

An internal hospital report said Ms Thawley, who was undergoing a simple keyhole operation, died after one of her main blood vessels was accidentally torn by a sharp-pointed instrument used to create an opening early on in the surgery.

The hearing was told yesterday that a number of doctors and nurses were expected to be called as witnesses.

Simon Mills, for the hospital, said that all documents from the hospital had been with the coroner's office since March 22.

The master of Holles Street, Dr Rhona Mahony, in a letter to Mr Thawley last week, said the hospital apologised for the "shortcomings in the care" provided to Ms Thawley "which resulted in her untimely death" and for the distress and suffering this has caused.

She said: "We appreciate that in this circumstance there are no words that can begin to address the pain that follows the loss of Malak's life."

The couple had been living in Ireland due to Mr Thawley's job.

Irish Independent

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