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Monday 15 September 2014

Caesarean wound 'in wrong place', new report claims

Brian Byrne

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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Dr Andrea Hermann
Dr Andrea Hermann

A DOCTOR who was repeatedly found guilty of professional misconduct created a wound "in the wrong place" while carrying out a caesarean section on a patient, it bas been claimed.

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However, Consultant gynaecologist at Sligo Regional Hospital Dr Andrea Hermann will continue to be allowed to practise medicine despite resigning from her position this week.

Dr Hermann was found guilty of professional misconduct in eight separate cases by the Medical Council in 2009.

She was suspended for one year and allowed to return to work following a retraining and supervision programme.

An investigation by RTE's 'Prime Time' last night revealed details of another case from as recently as December 2013, in which it was claimed Dr Hermann incorrectly carried out a caesarean section on a patient under her care. The investigation contained a medical report which claimed that Dr Hermann created a wound "in the wrong place" which "slopes downwards ... into the crease of the groin" causing "discomfort and distress".

It said the performance of the Caesarean section was "careless and resulted in unnecessary harm, pain and suffering" to the patient. In a statement, Dr Hermann said she was "working within the sanctions of the Medical Council" and was "stringently adhering" to them.

In 2005 Saundra O'Connor, who had been under Dr Hermann's care at the Galway Clinic for a routine operation, suffered multiple organ failure, followed by a cardiac arrest, causing severe brain damage.

She was left in a semi-vegetative state for three years and died from pneumonia in 2008.

A spokesperson for the HSE confirmed that Dr Hermann had submitted her resignation to Sligo Regional Hospital and left her position as of May 28. They refused to discuss further details of Dr Hermann's employment, but said that such reviews continue even after an individual has left a hospital's employment and that external authorities can be notified where necessary.

Irish Independent

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