Thursday 22 February 2018

'We are vindicated and hope lessons have been learnt,' says mother of tragic baby Killian who died in hospital at just eight days old

Wayne Doyle and Kim Lally outside Dundalk Coroner’s Court. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Wayne Doyle and Kim Lally outside Dundalk Coroner’s Court. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

A mother clutched a cuddly toy as she said she felt "vindicated" by an inquest which found her baby son died due to medical misadventure.

Killian Lally Doyle, who died at just eight days old, suffered critically low oxygen deprivation during his birth at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

The inquest in Dundalk Coroner's Court heard that the infant had been in the breech position but this was not diagnosed until his mother Kim was in an advanced stage of labour.

When it was diagnosed, she had an emergency caesarean section.

A post-mortem concluded Killian had died from intrapartum hypoxia or oxygen deprivation which caused multi-organ injury including brain damage.

The oxygen deprivation was due to compression of the umbilical cord, associated with hyper coiling of the umbilical cord, perinatal pathologist, Dr John Gillan said.

Earlier in the inquest, obstetrician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Dr Joseph O'Quigley, acknowledged that on the balance of probability it was more likely that the baby was breech when his mother arrived at the hospital and there was little doubt that the umbilical cord was compressed during birth.

Killian was born on May 20, 2013 and an MRI found no evidence of brain injury occurring before labour.

He had no genetic abnormalities and Mr Roger Murray, solicitor for Killian's family, told the inquest there were "abundant" signs that the incident occurred during labour.

The coroner said: "I cannot see any other verdict than medical misadventure," and he found that Killian died in the hospital on May 28, 2013 from intrapartum hypoxia due to acute compression of the umbilical cord. He expressed "heartfelt sympathies" to his family on their loss.

Mr Simon Mills BL, for the HSE, extended sympathies on behalf of the HSE and the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The baby's mother, with an address at Naul Road, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, held a cuddly toy to her as she said: "We are satisfied with today's outcome. We feel fully vindicated and really hope lessons have been learnt."

She said they were "very thankful for the support of our family for last two days (of the inquest) and over the last two-and-a-half years since Killian died."

She said: "I just wish we had Killian back but we can't get him back. We achieved what we wanted to achieve today and are happy for that."

Irish Independent

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