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Midwife accused of ignoring help pleas

The partner of a woman who died after being induced to deliver a stillborn baby at the Rotunda Hospital claimed at an inquest that a midwife told him that she was "faking" her pain.

Abiola Adesina told Dublin Coroner's Court that his partner Bimbo Onanuga (32) was "rolling" around in pain and claimed that the midwife ignored his pleas for help.

However, midwife Sheila Lynch denied that she had ever used the word "faking".

The coroner had previously heard that Nigerian-born Ms Onanuga's uterus had ruptured but this was not discovered until an emergency caesarean section was carried out after she went into cardiac arrest at the Rotunda on March 4, 2010.

Ms Onanuga, a mother-of-one who lived in Finglas died later that night in the intensive care unit of the Mater Hospital.

The inquest had previously heard that Ms Onanuga had been medically induced and discharged before returning to hospital two days later complaining of abdominal pain.

The following morning she was given her first dose of misoprostol, a medication commonly used for labour induction.


Mr Adesina claimed that his partner began experiencing "severe pain".

"I got very angry at being ignored and I shouted and screamed at her (midwife). She said to me: 'If Bimbo had contractions the pain would come and then would go and she would not be in pain all the time. She is faking it'," he said.

Mr Adesina also claimed that Master of the Rotunda Dr Sam Coulter-Smith had told him that his partner's death was "due to a series of mistakes".

However, senior counsel representing the hospital Emily Egan said that Dr Coulter-Smith does not accept he said this.

The inquest continues today.