Saturday 17 March 2018

Hospital 'put every obstacle in widower's way' - solicitor

Malak Kuzbary Thawley and her husband Alan
Malak Kuzbary Thawley and her husband Alan
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The husband of a woman who died while undergoing surgery at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, has had "every imaginable obstacle" put in his way in his attempts find out what happened, his solicitor has claimed.

Malak Kuzbary Thawley (34), who developed an ectopic pregnancy, died on May 8 while being operated on at the hospital.

The report of an internal inquiry into her death, which was due to be circulated yesterday, has been delayed for a number of weeks.

Caoimhe Haughey, solicitor for Alan Thawley, has written several strongly worded letters to the hospital, including correspondence in late June asking for all documentation to be handed over. She said this should include hospital notes, clinical notes, statements, medical and clinical opinions as well as reports that were supplied to the investigation team.

This was essential if Mr Thawley was to accept an invitation to take part in the inquiry, she added.

The hospital gave Ms Haughey the deceased's hospital chart but said it could not give additional documentation because the investigation was conducted on a confidential basis.

A hospital spokesman said: "The case is subject to external investigation by the coroner and a public inquest to be held in public. At all times, Mr Thawley has been welcome to participate in this investigation process in accordance with the hospital's standard protocol. The investigation report will be furnished to Mr Thawley immediately upon completion."

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