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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Two deaths at maternity hospital due to natural causes

Published 26/02/2014 | 02:30

Coombe hospital
Coombe hospital

THE causes of two maternal deaths, which happened within 48 hours of each other in the Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin, have been revealed, writes Eilish O'Regan.

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The highly unusual coincidence of two tragic deaths in the same hospital within such a short time of each other in 2012 was due to natural causes.

The women died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) and Amniotic Fluid Embolism, according to the hospital's annual report for 2012.

It revealed a third maternal death occurred in a pregnant woman who was attending the Coombe. She died of suicide.

When news of the two deaths emerged two years ago, Health Minister James Reilly told the Dail they were due to "different natural causes'' and were not due to the fault of the hospital.

One of the mothers had twins who survived. The infant born to the other woman also lived.

Irish Independent

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