Wednesday 27 March 2019

'Everyone is heartbroken by it' - Hundreds pay tribute to young mum who died minutes after giving birth

Ralph Riegel

Hundreds will tomorrow pay tribute to a young mother of three who tragically died just minutes after giving birth to her new son.

Tracey Campbell Fitzpatrick (36), who died just after childbirth, will be removed to her native Mayo on Thursday.

St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny confirmed that a full review is now underway into the circumstances of the tragedy.

The mourners will be led at her Requiem Mass on Friday by her heartbroken parents, James and Pauline Campbell, her husband, Bernard, her children, Jamie, Adam and Max, and her siblings, Amanda, Paula, Diane and Alan.

Mrs Fitzpatrick, who married her husband, Bernard, in 2014, gave birth to a healthy baby boy in St Luke's Hospital on Easter Monday.

The boy, her third son, was named Max but, shortly after the delivery, Mrs Fitzpatrick's condition suddenly began to deteriorate.

Medical staff became very concerned about her status and she was rushed to an operating theatre for treatment.

Sadly, she died before emergency surgery could begin.

A St Luke's spokesperson confirmed that a full review is now underway.

"The staff and management of St Luke's Hospital are currently focused on supporting the family at this very sad time," they said.

"An internal review process has commenced and with a full investigation to follow."

The Kilkenny Coroner's Office has also been notified and the full details of the hospital review will now be compiled for an inquest to be staged by Coroner Tim Kiely.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Tuesday to assist that review.

However, it is understood the hospital review could take between two and three months to conclude.

Mrs Fitzpatrick had been living with her husband and children in Templepeter outside Nurney, Co Carlow over recent years.

Her husband is a native of Carlow and was employed locally.

His family live in the extended Templepeter-Nurney area.

Mr Fitzpatrick was too heartbroken to comment on the tragedy last night.

The extended Fitzpatrick and Campbell families will now travel to Mayo for Mrs Fitzpatrick's Requiem Mass and burial on Friday.

Hundreds extended their sympathies last night as Mrs Fitzpatrick lay in repose at her Carlow home.

The 36 year old was from Shanvaghera, just outside Knock in Co Mayo.

A special Mass for Mrs Fitzpatrick will take place at 11am tomorrow.

(Thursday) at St Patrick's Church in Rathoe, Co Carlow.

Her remains will then be taken to her parents home in Mayo from where she will be removed to St Ann's Church, Shanvaghera for 11am Requiem Mass on Friday.

She will be buried in Knock cemetery.

Carlow neighbours said they were still trying to come to terms with the scale of the tragedy.

"Everyone is heartbroken by it. It is terrible to think that while the whole country was taken up by the Easter Rising ceremonies on Monday three little children were losing a devoted mother," explained one woman who asked to be unnamed.

"They are a lovely family and we are just so devastated for them."

Ireland records an average of two maternal deaths each year.

These are defined as the death of a mother during pregnancy or within

42 days of her pregnancy ending with the exception of fatalities due to accidents or causes totally unrelated to the pregnancy.


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