Friday 27 April 2018

Dhara’s husband does not blame medical staff for his wife’s death

Michael Kivlehan
Michael Kivlehan
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A devastated husband who wife died 10 days after being admitted to hospital pregnant with their first child said he holds no anger or malice towards the medical staff who took care of his wife.

“I don’t feel any anger towards anyone who took care of my wife,” he told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTE’s Prime Time. 

Michael Kivlehan with the late Dhara Kivlehan.
Michael Kivlehan with the late Dhara Kivlehan.

“Because at the end of the day, they are individuals, and we all have good and bad days. Obviously, what we learned during the week...if the infrastructure is not in place, obviously the people below can’t really function correctly, you know”

Yesterday, an inquest jury found that Dhara Kivlehan (29) had died as a result of multiple organ failure and from a severe form of pre-eclampsia, returning a verdict of ‘medical misadventure’.

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Mrs Kivlehan died in a Belfast hospital on September 28, 2010. She gave birth to their son Dior on September 21 in Sligo but her condition deteriorated over the following few days.

But Michael maintains that he holds no “malice or any ill feeling to any of the staff, the nurses or midwives or doctors or obstetricians.”

Michael and Dhara Kivlehan with their son Dior
Michael and Dhara Kivlehan with their son Dior

However, he said that he hopes that the HSE have “learned by its mistakes in respect of timing, of how they have treated my family and delays and hurdles they have put in front of me”.

Yesterday, Mr Kivlehan spoke of his relief that his four year battle to have the inquest held in Sligo was finally over.

Mr Kivlehan had originally had a request for an inquest refused because his wife had died in the North, a decision reversed earlier this year.

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"I'm relieved it's over," said Michael afterwards. "It has taken four years to get to this stage. It was my boy's birthday last week and my wife's anniversary on Sunday.

"I carry pictures of Dhara with me everywhere, pictures of her as a child in India, pictures from our wedding day and one picture of her holding Dior after he was born."

Tonight, Michael addressed "all those men out there" who are "looking forward to having a new baby in the house" not to "overlook the possibility of something going wrong".

“I am trying to ask and suggest from now on...if the partners and the husbands could play a little bit more of an active role....and when the time comes, if there are any insecurities, that they should address it to the doctors," he said.

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