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Mum had 'near death experience' following caesarean, court told

Tim Healy

Published 20/02/2014 | 02:30

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Larkin: (Honey), who is suing the HSE and gynecologist for alleged medical negligence  at Letterkenny General Hospital.
19/2/14 ***See High Court story. Pic shows: Honey Larkin, Letterkenny, Donegal, leaving the High Court after the first day of her legal action against Letterkenny General Hospital and her gynecologist for alleged medical negligence. Pic: Courtpix
Honey Larkin

A WOMAN had a "near death experience" when she began to haemorrhage internally after her baby was delivered by caesarean section, a court heard.

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Honey Larkin told the court she nearly died and that she had lost more than half her entire volume of blood.

Ms Larkin (40) of Stackernagh, Churchill, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, attended Letterkenny General Hospital in January 2008 and required surgery to stop the bleeding.

She has sued the HSE and consultant gynaecologist at Letterkenny, Eddie Aboud, for alleged negligence and breach of duty.

She claims she is suffering from post traumatic stress. As a result, she and her husband had made the decision not to have any more children. "I feel cheated," she said.

She claims the defendants failed to check or sufficiently check or to recognise the sign that she was bleeding profusely.

She further alleges there was a failure to attach due significance to her distress signals.

It is alleged that by the time Ms Larkin underwent the operation to stop the bleeding, she was in a parlous state and had suffered massive blood loss. The claims are denied, and the defendants say Ms Larkin was treated in a timely and appropriate manner when surgical complications were identified.

Her counsel, Gerard Clarke, told the court it was a "near death experience".

The case before Mr Justice Kevin Cross continues.

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