Sunday 4 December 2016

Timeline of Tragedies

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Róisín and Mark Molloy, parents of baby Mark
Róisín and Mark Molloy, parents of baby Mark
Sharon McCarthy speaking on RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time'
Shauna Keyes
Natasha Molyneaux receives a hug from former Health Minister James Reilly
Amy Delahunt and Ollie Kelly, parents of Mary Kate

Baby Katelyn (2006) - The first of the five deaths occurred when baby Katelyn McCarthy, known as ‘Baby X’, died following complications during birth.

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However, her parents Sharon and Thomas did not discover the death was the subject of an investigation until the airing of the ‘Prime Time’ programme.

The couple had engaged a solicitor to get more information on Katelyn’s death but had little success

Baby Nathan (July 2008)

Baby Nathan Molyneaux was born to mother Natasha, from Tullamore, suffering from oxygen deprivation.

He was transferred to the Coombe Hospital in Dublin but died when he was six-days-old.

A coroner’s court heard there were drops in the foetal heart rate during the first stages of labour as well as a difficult delivery.

Baby Joshua (October 2009)

Baby Joshua Keyes died one day after his birth from oxygen deprivation.

Mother Shauna Keyes, from Tullamore in Co Offaly, was given the drug syntocinon to speed up labour despite a reading showing foetal distress.

The coroner’s court also heard a caesarean section was delayed.

Baby Mark (January 2012)

Three years later Baby Mark Molloy from, Kilcavan, Co Offaly, died 22 minutes after he was born with a faint heart rate.

His mother Róisín was also given syntocinon despite the fact the baby was in foetal distress.

Baby Mary Kate (May 2013)

Mary Kate died one day after her mother Amy Delahunt, from Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, was told there were no concerns for her pregnancy by staff at the Midland Regional Hospital.

An inquest heard that a number of decelerations of the heartbeat were missed and Ms Delahunt only found out her daughter had died after her admission to Limerick Maternity Hospital the next day.

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