Tuesday 24 October 2017

Husband wants 'independent' Malak death probe

Malak Thawley with her husband Alan
Malak Thawley with her husband Alan
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The husband of Malak Thawley, who died during ectopic surgery at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, has called for an independent investigation into her death.

Alan Thawley was speaking two weeks after an inquest returned a verdict of medical misadventure in the death of his wife, who was seven weeks pregnant when she died last year.

Ms Thawley (34) suffered a fatal haemorrhage after a major blood vessel was accidentally pierced during the keyhole surgery.

He said evidence to the inquest left him with "many negative emotions".

He added there appeared to be "new information" put forward at the inquest.

Mr Thawley, an American working in Dublin, said the "only way to find out the truth" is to have the case investigated by doctors from outside the country.

This is essential to make maternity care safe, he said in an interview with 'RTÉ News'.

The death has been the subject of an internal report as well as the inquest.

Questioned about the request, Health Minister Simon Harris said he will reflect on it "very seriously".

"I would suggest that perhaps the inquest and the investigation in the hospital have indeed established what went wrong," he said.

While Mr Harris said he sympathises with Mr Thawley's desire for answers, his priority is making sure that it does not happen again and that is why he wants to see the new National Maternity Hospital built.

Bleeding

The inquest was told that there was confusion after the blood vessel was cut. It was unclear if there was a tear or a rupture.

The abdomen should have been opened immediately to stop the bleeding coupled with blood transfusion. But this did not start until 15 minutes after the initial alarm.

Ms Thawley lost most blood in the first seven minutes.

Irish Independent

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