Friday 21 September 2018

Widow of man (47) who died after multiple visits to hospital complaining of pain settles action against HSE

27/2/2018: Mary McCormack, Knockdrim, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath pictured leaving the Four Courts today after a High Court action. Pic: Collins Courts
27/2/2018: Mary McCormack, Knockdrim, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath pictured leaving the Four Courts today after a High Court action. Pic: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

The widow of a man who died of a heart attack after several visits to hospital complaining of pain and discomfort has settled her action against the HSE over his care.

Father and grandfather David McCormack (47) died as a result of a rupture to an artery in his lower body the High Court heard.

On Tuesday, his widow Mary McCormack settled her action over his death. 

He was a father of four and a grandfather of two.

The terms of the settlement are confidential. Liability was admitted.

Ms McCormack, Loughanstown Knockdrin, Mullingar, Co Westmeath had sued the HSE over the death on March 13, 2009.

Mr McCormack, who previously had a heart attack and a quadruple heart by-pass in 2000, went to his GP on February 25, 2009, complaining of groin pain.

He was referred and advised to go straight to the Midland Regional Hospital A&E.

He went at 7 o'clock the next morning where a doctor indicated she could find nothing wrong with him, it was claimed.

He indicated he was no longer in pain and he was discharged at 11am.

That evening he returned to his GP as he was unwell and the GP wrote a request for an urgent CT scan at the hospital.

It was claimed the hospital refused to perform the CT scan because it had been requested by a GP, not a consultant.

Mr McCormack went home and was later contacted and told to attend A&E the following March 2.

Over a number of days, he had various tests in hospital including x- rays and a CT scan and an angiogram, it was claimed.

He was also seen at Tullamore General Hospital on March 11 and it is claimed the family were advised that nothing in particular was noted.

He was later  discharged home on steroids with a view to a follow up in six weeks. it was also claimed he was in pain at the time of discharge on March 11.

He was brought back to Midlands Regional with severe pain the next day  and later went in to cardiac arrest and died.

The cause of death was hypovolaemic shock secondary to a ruptured right common iliac artery aneurysm.

It was claimed there was a collective failure to get to the bottom of Mr McCormack's ongoing difficulties and to keep him in hospital until this was done.

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