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Sunday 4 December 2016

Several doctors alerted in a bid to save Malak

Published 22/10/2016 | 02:30

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

Medical staff from several hospitals were involved in the emergency response to try to save the life of Malak Thawley, who died during surgery in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St last May, it emerged.

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Doctors from Holles St and St Vincent's hospitals were present at the operating theatre while frantic attempts were made to save Ms Thawley, who was due to undergo a simple procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy.

Caoimhe Haughey, solicitor for the Thawley family, has now been told that a cardiac surgeon with St Vincent's Hospital, who was at St James's Hospital on that day, was called to assist.

It has also emerged that a phone call was made to medical staff in the Mater Hospital about the use of ECMO - extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Another preliminary hearing of the inquest into the death of Ms Thawley takes place on Monday. A full hearing is not expected until early next year.

One of her main blood vessels was accidentally injured during the surgery.

Irish Independent

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