Tuesday 28 March 2017

RTÉ producer 'given chemotherapy overdose', inquiry told

Sinead Ní Dhúlaing-Johnson was a daughter of well-known presenter Donncha Ó Dúlaing
Sinead Ní Dhúlaing-Johnson was a daughter of well-known presenter Donncha Ó Dúlaing

Liz Farsaci

A deceased RTÉ producer was remembered as "a most delightful person" on what would have been her 50th birthday, at a Medical Council inquiry into her death.

Praise was also paid to the doctor under review at the hearing, who is accused of prescribing an overdose of a chemotherapy drug to her.

Sinéad Ní Dhúlaing-Johnson (44), who passed away from a brain tumour in 2010, was allegedly given over twice the correct dose of chemotherapy drug temozolomide, which she took for 16 days in August and September 2008 before the error was discovered, the inquiry previously heard.

A consultant medical oncologist at the Beacon Hospital in south Dublin, referred to as Dr A, is facing allegations that Ms Ní Dhúlaing-Johnson had been prescribed an incorrect dose of temozolomide on August 13, 2008.

It is also claimed Dr A failed to disclose in a timely manner to Ms Ní Dhúlaing-Johnson and to her husband, Eddie Johnson, that she had been prescribed the incorrect dose of the medication.

Dr Gerry Connaghan, a consultant haematologist, who provided care to Ms Ní Dhúlaing-Johnson at the Beacon Hospital in 2008, spoke poignantly of her yesterday. "She was a most delightful person. If fate hadn't laid as heavy a hand on her, this particular day would have been her 50th birthday."

The inquiry continues.

Irish Independent

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