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Girl (6) died four days after being admitted to hospital with vomiting

Liz Farscai

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

Kathleen and John Conroy with their other daughter Sorcha. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kathleen and John Conroy with their other daughter Sorcha. Photo: Damien Eagers

The parents of a six-year-old girl who died four days after being admitted to hospital with vomiting said they are "haunted" by the thought that she spent some of her final hours without them by her side.

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Aibhe Conroy, from Gowla, Cashel, Co Galway, died at Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital on December 14, 2011, after she was transferred there by ambulance from Galway University Hospital (GUH).

An inquest into her death heard that her parents, Kathleen and John, were unaware of the severity of her condition and did not realise her hours in the ambulance were some of her last.

Four days before her death, Aibhe had been admitted to GUH suffering from hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, and weakness. She was also vomiting.

She initially responded to treatment when first admitted to GUH on December 11 but within 90 minutes she suffered a respiratory arrest and had to be resuscitated.

Aibhe was subsequently transferred to the intensive care unit at GUH, but then suffered brain damage within a couple of hours.

She was transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin on the afternoon of 11 December.

Prior to her admission on 11 December, 2011, Aibhe had been admitted to GUH on two previous occasions, in August 2011 and March 2010. On both occasions, she was treated for hypoglycaemia with the administration of intravenous fluids, and the issue was resolved.

At the inquest at Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday, solicitor for the family, Damien Tansey, said the Conroys did not realise the critical state Aibhe was in when she left GUH by ambulance for Dublin. He said the thought she was so close to death without them by her side was "unsettling" them. The inquest continues.

Irish Independent

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