Saturday 16 December 2017

'I trusted doctors with my wife's life' - widower

Alan Thawley. Picture: RTE
Alan Thawley. Picture: RTE
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Alan Thawley said he would have given "anything in my earthly possessions" to be able to kiss his late wife Malak one more time.

He is still in despair over her death while she was undergoing surgery for an ectopic pregnancy in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St on May 8 last year. "I vividly remember her walking away from me to go into surgery. I had no idea it was the last time I would kiss her."

Mr Thawley, an American who works in Ireland, is particularly angry at the hospital and feels he cannot forgive himself for putting his trust in doctors.

He wants lessons to be learned from his wife's death, which has plunged him into a never-ending nightmare.

People are "trusting their lives" in the hospital and he believes its response has been to protect its reputation.

Paying tribute to the support he has received from his legal team, led by Caoimhe Haughey, he said he is a "sad and lonely widower".

After coroner Dr Myra Cullinane returned a verdict of medical misadventure, the deputy chair of the National Maternity Hospital Nicholas Kearns said: "Our thoughts are very much with Alan Thawley on this difficult day. We acknowledge the terrible loss he has suffered and the pain and grief he has endured since the death of his wife while in our care.

"Once again we take the opportunity to unreservedly apologise for the short-comings in our care that led to Malak's death. From the outset we have fully accepted our liability in this case.

"Mr Thawley has suffered a most devastating loss. We have conducted a robust internal review which began the day after Mrs Thawley's death. We know that nothing can bring Malak back.

"However, we are determined to continue to implement all that we have learned from this investigation in our clinical practice."

Irish Independent

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