Sunday 25 February 2018

'I just need to know why my daughter's heartbeat stopped' - parents of Limerick student (20) who died suddenly seek answers

Tragic Denisse Kyle Dasco
Tragic Denisse Kyle Dasco
Denisse has been remembered as being 'filled with light and love'

Zainab Boladale

The parents of the young Limerick student who died suddenly and unexpectedly in a Cork hospital last month are frustrated by the hospital's failure to give them a sufficient cause of death.

Denisse Kyle Dasco (20) became ill at her home in Cork on April 21, was rushed to Mercy University Hospital after becoming worried about her symptoms. But she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Her parents have been trying to find out what went wrong but have yet to receive informative answers from the hospital.

“I just need to know why my daughter's heartbeat stopped,” her distraught mother told

Denisse has been remembered as being 'filled with light and love'
Denisse has been remembered as being 'filled with light and love'

Mrs Dasco said she feels ignored by the hospital and is frustrated that the investigation is taking so long.

“I don’t get any answers from any doctors” she said. “They should contact me, but they don’t”

Mrs Dasco said that on the day Denisse passed away, she had complained to her parents and housemates that she was feeling unwell with back pains.

She then collapsed and was brought to MUH but her condition declined rapidly during the day.

Denisse passed away at around 9.30pm, just as her mother was frantically trying to reach the hospital to be with her daughter.

When Mrs Dasco arrived 30 minutes later, she was told that her daughter was sick, before she eventually found out that she had, in fact, passed away.

"She didn’t even know she was dying,” said her mother.

Mrs Dasco tried to get a more informative answers the following day but was told that “they can’t give me any answers” and that the hospital was following "protocol”.

"I need to know but all we’re being told is we have to wait for the autopsy," she said.

Denisse’s grieving parents have now sought legal advice from solicitor, Denis O’Sullivan.

He wrote to the MUH on May 19, outlining the outrage felt by how the family is being treated.

The Dascos and Mr O'Sullivan have been in contact with MUH requesting their daughter's medical records.

The hospital informed them that the coroner was also awaiting the documents and would pass on the information upon receiving it.

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Mrs Dasco said she can’t “think properly” because the hospital is leaving her family with so many unanswered questions.

Denisse was originally from Raheen in Co Limerick and was living in Cork as she was in a third year Forensic Science student in UCC.

She is survived by her parents Mary and Carlos, sister Deborah and brother Carl.

Her parents said of their daughter: "She was always so bubbly, outgoing, entertaining , friendly, energetic, sports minded and positive.

"She was full of dreams."

The Irish Examiner contacted MUH last Wednesday but the hospital was not commenting on the case.

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