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Man whose wife died giving birth tells of his fight for justice

Fiona Ellis

Published 05/05/2011 | 05:00

A MAN whose wife died giving birth has spoken of his heartache battling the courts to get justice for her death.

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Kevin Kenefick spent over six years trying to get justice for his wife Taz, who died shortly after giving birth to her second child at the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in Dublin in November 2004.

He called for "adverse" events such as his wife's case to be independently investigated when they occur.

Mrs Kenefick developed an infection during her labour and had a condition in which the placenta was very deeply attached to her womb.

She bled very heavily and died on the operating table after her son was born.

The hospital denied that it had done anything wrong and deemed Mrs Kenefick's death an accident.

There was no internal investigation or a Coroner's inquest into her death.

On Tuesday Mr Kenefick was awarded €2.35m damages after the hospital admitted liability for his wife's death.

Yesterday, Mr Kenefick released a statement in which he said he always felt "that Taz's death was an avoidable, preventable death" even though doctors tried to persuade him otherwise.

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"The doctors involved told me that it was an accident, and that nothing could have been done to prevent Taz's death. Not alone did they tell me this, but they also told the Coroner and the Medical Council that they did nothing wrong."

Mr Kenefick then took legal advice from Ernest Cantillon Solicitors in Cork who retained independent obstetricians, anaesthetists and pathologists to investigate the cause of Mrs Kenefick's death.

All of these experts concluded that Mrs Kenefick's death was because of "the culpably negligent treatment that she received in Holles Street".

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