Tuesday 22 August 2017

Malak's husband wants independent inquiry after 'insufficient' verdict

Malak Thawley died in the National Maternity Hospital a year ago during emergency surgery for ectopic pregnancy
Malak Thawley died in the National Maternity Hospital a year ago during emergency surgery for ectopic pregnancy
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The bereaved husband of tragic Malak Thawley is requesting a meeting with Health Minister Simon Harris.

Mrs Thawley (34) died in the National Maternity Hospital a year ago during emergency surgery for ectopic pregnancy.

Her husband Alan Thawley, who is looking for an independent inquiry into the death, has said the coroner's inquest, which returned a verdict of medical misadventure, was not sufficient.

It raised issues around alleged "internal systemic failures and full accountability and disclosure," Mr Thawley said in a letter to the minister through his solicitor, Caoimhe Haughey.

"I cannot do justice to the depth of Mr Thawley's feelings in the confines of this letter," Ms Haughey wrote.

"For Mr Thawley, the limitations of the coronial process and its lack of scope is extremely significant in the context where he now finds himself, in respect of coping with the overwhelming tragic loss he has to suffer and continues to suffer," she added.

During the keyhole surgery, one of his wife's major blood vessels was accidentally cut, leading to Mrs Thawley suffering a fatal haemorrhage.

Mr Thawley has called for an inquiry to look at the use of bladed instruments by the maternity hospital during this form of keyhole surgery. The inquiry should be undertaken by "outside experts", he has said.

His call has been supported by the Association for Improvement in Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS).

Chair of the AIMS Krysia Lynch said: "External reviews are not about assigning blame - they are about learning from mistakes and ensuring that care is optimised and that families and babies in Ireland receive the best possible evidence-based safe care available."

Mr Harris said he was considering the issues raised in the correspondence from Mr Thawley.

The National Maternity Hospital has apologised unreservedly to Mr Thawley for the shortcomings in care that led to his wife's death. It said from the outset it accepted liability, and acknowledged Mr Thawley had suffered a most devastating loss.

Irish Independent

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