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Thursday 31 July 2014

Heartbreak of mum not told truth for five years

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Published 01/02/2014|02:30

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The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise

A YOUNG mother whose baby died only days after being born in Portlaoise Hospital has spoken of her heartbreak at not knowing about a report on his death for more than five years.

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Natasha Molyneaux, of Tullamore, Co Offaly, gave birth in Portlaoise in July 2008.

But her son Nathan died six days later after being rushed to the Coombe Hospital in Dublin, suffering from the effects of oxygen deprivation.

Ms Molyneaux only found out by accident a few weeks ago that Portlaoise Hospital had carried out a review on his death but never informed her.

"I was never quite sure what happened to Nathan. I was told at the time he had a lack of oxygen in the blood," she added.

Ms Molyneaux is one of four mothers whose babies died in similar circumstances over six years in Portlaoise Hospital.

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Nathan suffered foetal distress during labour but his mother was given the drug syntocinon to speed up the labour, reducing his oxygen supply.

"The report is heartbreaking to read more than five years after Nathan's death," Ms Molyneaux said yesterday.

She only discovered a report was carried out after contacting Roisin Molloy, another Offaly mother who lost her baby Mark in Portlaoise in January 2012 in similar circumstances.

When Natasha learned that the Molloy family received a report on their baby's death she decided to ask Portlaoise Hospital if any review was conducted on Nathan.

"I was shocked to hear they had a report for so long and I was not told," she added.

"I would have liked them to have told me they were investigating Nathan's death. But nobody contacted me about it.I had no idea it was being done.

"I cannot understand it and why other mothers who had babies after me had to undergo the same as I did.

"You would have thought the hospital would have learned from my case. It is atrocious."

Natasha has had two healthy children since – Katie Lee (4) and Alan (2). But she did not return to the maternity unit in Portlaoise and gave birth in the Coombe in Dublin instead.

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