Wednesday 22 November 2017

Trial day 16 in quotes

Graham Dwyer (left) and Elaine O'Hara
Graham Dwyer (left) and Elaine O'Hara

"I want to take the opportunity to thank the caterers, the cleaners, nurses and of course doctors. Thank you, Elaine."

- Elaine O'Hara's input into a final multi-disciplinary care plan review on the day she was discharged from St Edmundsbury. The childcare assistant went missing on the same day.

"She poses very real management problems. It is not going to be diabetes, I'm afraid, or even a straightforward depressive illness that determines the fate of Elaine."

- The late Professor Anthony Clare, who treated Elaine O'Hara since she was 16, in a November 2006 letter to a consultant endocrinologist.

"Mood swings are bad and I feel I'm about to burst. My chest is heavy and mixed up as is my head. I am frustrated, I'm so angry and fed up. I'm fighting a losing battle."

- Elaine O'Hara's personal input into a multi-disciplinary care plan review shortly before her discharge from St Edmundsbury Hospital in August 2012 as recorded in her medical records maintained at the facility.

"She denies CSA (child sexual abuse) but refused to discuss any details from that time."

- Notes made by clinical staff in Elaine O'Hara's admission and assessment form when she was admitted, for a final time, to St Edmundsbury on July 14, 2012. The admission was voluntary.

"From a clinical point of view, I would have been very hopeful about at least the immediate future. I would have been surprised if she had slipped back in mood terms very suddenly and I would have been surprised and saddened is she hadn't turned back to us for help if that had happened."

- Dr Matt Murphy, a retired consultant psychiatrist who treated Elaine O'Hara, describes his optimism about her future prospects on the day she was discharged from St Edmundsbury on August 22, 2012.

Irish Independent

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