Monday 11 December 2017

Doctor faces inquiry after mother died within months of miscarriage

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A CONSULTANT surgeon faces multiple allegations before the Medical Council concerning the delayed diagnosis of acute appendicitis of a pregnant woman who later miscarried and died several months later.

Syed Naqvi, a consultant surgeon at the Mid West Regional Hospital in Ennis, Co Clare between June and December 2008, was called before the council’s fitness-to-practise committee today on 12 allegations of professional misconduct and/or poor professional performance.

The 39-year-old woman was 17 weeks’ pregnant on her 14th pregnancy when she went to the emergency department of the Mid West Regional Hospital in Ennis, Co Clare, on June 22, 2008 complaining of pain in her right hand side.

Among the allegations were that Mr Naqvi failed to consider whether the patient might be suffering from acute appendicitis – rather than acute cholecystitis, which is inflammation of the gall bladder - or to arrange appropriate investigations to correctly diagnose her.

Ultimately, the inquiry heard she was diagnosed as suffering from a ‘mass’ in her appendix.

The consultant was also alleged to have failed to adequately resuscitate her after an operation on December 8, 2008. She was transferred to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, in Dooradoyle, Limerick and died on December 10, 2008 from multi-organ failure due to sepsis.

The inquiry also heard she lost her baby girl on July 15 of that year. The inquiry continues.

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