Late HSE apology for baby’s death means nothing

first_imgSurgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook Twitter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Parents Joan and John leaving Limerick Coroners Court. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22Parents Joan and John leaving Limerick Coroners Court. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MOTHER whose newborn baby died in her arms at the University Maternity Hospital in Limerick said an apology from the HSE six years later for the torment, pain and upset caused by medical negligence means nothing to her.Caoimhe Mulcair, was a much loved baby – even before she was born, her mother Joan Mulcair told Limerick Coroners Court this Tuesday.Joan and her husband John had been trying for some time to begin a family and she eventually underwent IVF treatment.Their baby was born and subsequently died on February 11, 2009 .For almost six years, the HSE denied  in relation to baby Caoimhe’s death until an out-of-court settlement was made last December with an admission of clinical negligence.No apology was offered at the time.This Monday, 2,406 days after their loss, the HSE handed the Mulcairs a letter of apology.The letter was read out by a solicitor on behalf UL Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan, who apologised for “the failings in care” provided to Joan and Caoimhe Mulcair and the “subsequent consequential upset distress and grief” the family experienced.The inquest had heard that Joan Mulcair (44) had a healthy pregnancy up until her baby was born.She was taken to the labour ward after she was admitted to University Maternity Hospital Limerick, with severe pains at 39 weeks into her pregnancy, and traces revealed decelerations of her baby’s heart rate.Dr Mary Higgins accepted the decelerations were not normal but added they had to be considered in an overall context where the mother was in advanced stages of labour. She said this wasn’t uncommon.The decelerations weren’t bad enough to warrant an immediate delivery and she “genuinely never expected” what happened when baby Caoimhe was born.Dr Higgins, who was visibly upset during her evidence, accepted that low ph levels taken afterwards indicated acidosis, which can occur if the baby is deprived of oxygen in labour, but said this was a “retrospective diagnosis, which I wish I had earlier”.Consultant paediatrician Dr Jamaleddin Abujennah said he was told that Caoimhe was born with her umbilical chord around her neck.However Dr Higgins, who performed a vacuum delivery, said she never saw this.Dr Abujennah said Caoimhe was pale and gasping for breath and was immediately transferred to the special care neonatal unit.Despite all measure of resuscitation, the baby remained in poor condition, and her parents were called to the special care unit.In her evidence Joan Mulcair described the “nightmare” of holding her new born baby who was just 27 minutes old, and being told she was dying in her arms.“We couldn’t believe this was happening. The hurt and sorrow overcomes you. You’re never the same person again,” she said adding that she couldn’t understand why this was happening in a hospital.Pathologist Dr Peter Faul who carried out the post mortem on Caoimhe Mulcair, said it was an unexplained very early neonatal death and no anatomical cause of death could be established.At the time of baby Caoimhe’s death, her parents contacted an independent UK based obstetrician, Edward Shaxted, who reported that the baby became progressively deprived of oxygen during the last hour and a half of birth. However it was likely that she would have survived.Speaking after the inquest jury returned a verdict of medical misadventure, Caoimhe’s father John Mulcair (44) broke down as he described his family’s suffering over the past six and a half years.“It’s a very sad day for us but it’s the end of six and a half years of suffering and sadness and we just hope now that Caoimhe should rest in peace and that she knows that we love her and that we’ve done everything possible we could for her.“We hope that the HSE learns from their mistakes and that no other family has to go through what we went through because it’s terrible, and it’s not fair.” TAGSfeatured RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleSarah Jane offers an alternative voice in LimerickNext articleLimerick’s Restaurant 1826 plates up a spot in Michelin Guide Staff Reporter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April NewsLate HSE apology for baby’s death means nothingBy Staff Reporter – September 18, 2015 1203 Linkedin First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Printlast_img read more

NOW OPEN: TRMC cuts ribbon on Senior Behavioral Care Center

first_img ‘LOCKED UP’ TO GIVE BACK: Volunteers ‘jailed’ to raise funds for MDA Pike County Sheriff’s deputies were busy Thursday morning with a rash of arrests of people throughout the county. Early in… read more Hospital and community officials officially open the new Senior Behavioral Care Center with a ribbon cutting Thursday. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell “The unit’s professional, multidisciplinary treatment team will guide the patient and family toward alternative coping skills and care giving skills, medication evaluation and the promotion of wellness.”The treatment team will strive to achieve the optimum level of functioning for possible for each patient, he said.Referrals to the senior behavioral care center may be made by physicians, family, friends, human service organizations, health care providers or the patient.“The stay for each patients will be from 11 to 13 days,” Dean said. “At that time, the patient will return home or be referred to another care center.” Print Article Book Nook to reopen Skip By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 4:10 am Friday, March 23, 2018 The opening of the Troy Regional Senior Behavioral Care Center is a continuation of that commitment, Dean said.The $2.3 million renovation of the former maternity wing on the hospital’s second floor features an 18-bed acute inpatient geropsychiatric unit that will care for patients ages 55 and older with psychiatric diagnoses. Those diagnoses include clinical depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts, homicidal thoughts with poor impulse control, assaultive/destructive behavior and psychiatric symptoms sever enough to cause significant interference with activities of daily life.Dean said care will be provided in a safe and effective way by a team of 18 health care professionals. The Senior Behavioral Care Center is one of many projects planned for Troy Regional, Dean said including a cancer chemotherapy center.“For those who might ask, why here? Why Troy Regional? The answer is our employees and their commitment to the highest quality of care,” Dean said. “For 49 years, the lights at this health care facility have not been off. We are always here for our community.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories Troy Regional Medical Center began a new phase of health care for the Troy and Pike County area Thursday with the opening of the Troy Regional Senior Behavioral Care Center.The Pike County Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting for the senior behavioral care center, which represents an important milestone in the delivery of senior behavioral services for the region.Ronnie Dean, Troy Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, said Troy Regional Medical Center opened in 1969 with the commitment to provide the Troy area with the highest of standards in heath care. You Might Like Sponsored Content Email the author NOW OPEN: TRMC cuts ribbon on Senior Behavioral Care Center Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more