Friday 24 February 2017

Pregnant woman died after 'artery was torn during surgery' - report

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Holles Street Hospital (Inset: Malak Kuzbary Thawley and her husband Alan)
Holles Street Hospital (Inset: Malak Kuzbary Thawley and her husband Alan)

A woman died after there was a delay in spotting a tear in a main artery caused during surgery, RTE News have revealed.

Malak Kuzbary Thawley (35) of Brusna Cottages, Blackrock, Co Dublin, died on May 8.

She was seven weeks' pregnant at the time.

RTE News have learned that an internal investigation by the National Maternity Hospital into the death of Mrs Thawley found that there was a tear in a main artery caused during surgery and then a subsequent delay in spotting the tear and managing the problem and resuscitation.

Ms Thawley, a teacher and US citizen who was originally from Syria, was told she needed urgent surgery after a scan found she had an ectopic pregnancy.

"We were told to relax, that it would take half an hour and that I would see her in 45 minutes," her husband Alan Thawley told RTE News.

Malak Kuzbary Thawley, who was seven weeks’ pregnant
Malak Kuzbary Thawley, who was seven weeks’ pregnant

"A perfectly healthy, normal woman just died out of nowhere with no warning really."

The 239-page final report of the hospital investigation identified three critical causal factors during the emergency surgery.

1. An accidental tear of the aorta in the abdomen

2. A lack of experience in recognising and managing the vascular injury, during laparoscopic surgery, due to the rarity of the injury

3. Sub-optimal communication between members of the medical team and a delay in decision-making which led to a delay in starting surgery and resuscitation

Mr Thawley said today the couple, who had been living and working in Ireland for around three years, decided to start a family here because they loved the country so much.

The internal investigation was commissioned by Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony.

Post-mortem results have been heard by the Coroner's Court but an inquest into Mrs Thawley's death is expected to begin soon.

The hospital said its thoughts were with the family and friends of the deceased.

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