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Friday 24 November 2017

Doctor 'did not act in mum's best interests'

Edel O'Connell

AN OBSTETRICIAN who treated a woman whose six-day-old baby died from an inherited condition has been found guilty of three counts of poor professional performance.

A Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry resumed yesterday into allegations of professional misconduct against Dr David Mortell, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

His patient 43-year-old Jane Kenny's son Ruairi was delivered by Caesarean section at the Midlands Regional Hospital on December 5, 2009, 38 weeks into the pregnancy.

He was rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin and died six days later.

Tests confirmed that Ruairi was suffering from Edward's Syndrome, a genetic disorder.

In a letter to the Medical Council Dr Mortell outlined how he had carried out five 'fundal height' examinations on Ms Kenny which are used to give an indication of size of a baby. None of the recorded results showed a significant abnormality in foetal size.

The fitness-to-practise committee yesterday found Dr Mortell guilty of poor professional performance on three counts in that he had failed to refer Ms Kenny for a growth scan during her pregnancy and he did not communicate with her after the birth of her baby.

The council also found he was guilty of poor professional performance for failing to act in Ms Kenny's best interests.

After the hearing Ms Kenny said she did not wish to comment on the issue but wished to thank her legal team.

Irish Independent

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