Saturday 16 December 2017

Husband of tragic mum-to-be Malak Thawley 'too stressed' to attend inquest

Malak Thawley, who died in Holles Street Maternity Hospital last May, pictured with her husband Alan
Malak Thawley, who died in Holles Street Maternity Hospital last May, pictured with her husband Alan
Malak Thawley, who died in May 2016
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The heartbroken husband of Malak Thawley, who died in the National Maternity Hospital during a simple operation, was unable to attend an inquest into her death today because of mental stress.

Alan Thawley was advised by his psychiatrist not to attend the inquest, the hearing was told.

Malak Thawley, who died in May 2016
Malak Thawley, who died in May 2016

Ms Thawley (35) died in May last year while undergoing surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.

An internal report found one of her main blood vessels was accidentally injured by a sharp pointed instrument used to create an opening in the surgery.

Caoimhe Haughey, solicitor for Mr Thawley, said he is in a state of high anxiety but would like a heartfelt statement to be read out after the inquest had concluded.

“It has been prepared with great consideration," she said.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane, who was given the statement for consideration before the proceedings, said she was very moved by it but in its current format it is “not part of my inquiry.”

The inquest heard from a number of witnesses today including nurses who were present in theatre on May 8 last.

The inquest was told that on Sundays the hospital has reduced staffing.

Evidence of was given of the lab being bleeped on a number of occasions with a request for blood supplies for the patient after doctors found she was bleeding.

Nurse Auri Tavsisora told how before the surgery Ms Thawley “held my hand very tightly and asked me to pray for her.”

She recalled I said: ”Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for her.”

Another witness Dr Matthew O' Tuathail who was working in the hospital emergency department as junior doctor said he was asked if he would like to observe the surgery.

When an emergency protocol following haemorrhage was triggered he was asked to find ice.

The hospital did not have supplies of ice and he went to a nearby pub for supplies , he added.

The hearing continues.

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