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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Family demands 'full investigation' into loss of beloved Ciara (17)

'I can't believe she is gone' - Family of teen who collapsed at Kodaline concert call for investigation into her death

Ciara Lawlor
Ciara Lawlor
Ciara Lawlor was "full of life and loved music" - she passed away after falling ill at Kodaline's Marlay Park concert

Ryan O'Rourke

The family of a young teenager who passed away after a Kodaline concert last year, has called for an investigation into her untimely death.

Ciara Lawlor (17) collapsed while watching her favourite band play at Marley Park on July 8, 2016.

As the one-year anniversary of Ciara's death approaches on July 9, her heartbroken mother, Eimear Lawlor, said she still find it "very hard to say her name".

“You get overwhelmed by the sadness. I can’t believe she’s gone, I can still see her,” Eimear told RTE's Today with Sean O’Rourke show.

Ciara Lawlor from Kilkenny fell ill at Marlay Park concert
Ciara Lawlor from Kilkenny fell ill at Marlay Park concert

“No one should have to bury a child.

"It wasn't real, it just couldn't happen. She was full of life."

Ciara Lawlor, Kilkenny,
Ciara Lawlor, Kilkenny, "was a friend to everyone"

The distraught mother added that the second year without her child is "even worse".

"People would stop to tell me stories and I would be screaming in my head. I have to take sleeping tablets, because you'd never get to sleep."

Ciara Lawlor
Ciara Lawlor

Ciara had been receiving treatment for her heart condition at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Her mum added that Ciara had been waiting 10 weeks for a test concerning her underlying condition Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).

Now the family want to know if there was anything that could have been done to save Ciara.

“I wrote to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in January of this year, I wanted to ask for a full investigation. I have heard nothing since.”

Crumlin have now written to the family in the last few days, and confirmed an investigation will take place.

They have commissioned an external expert to do this as well as starting an internal review and they have circulated draft terms of reference to the family.

In a statement issued to the Sean O'Rourke show, the hospital apologised to the family.

“Our Lady's Children's Hospital has apologised unreservedly to the Lawlor family for the delay in responding to their letter.

“This was due to the fact the letter was drafted but unfortunately had not been sent to the family.

“Our Lady's Children's Hospital can confirm that Ciara did attend the hospital as a patient at the hospital as an outpatient.”

The hospital also confirmed that there will be an external and internal review into Ciara’s care, with the internal review expected to be completed in four months.

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