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#VIDEO Inquest hears that baby’s death was avoidable

first_img Previous articleBasketball Ireland: National Cup Round-UpNext articleKicking out the Jams with Bressie’s Urban Dreamers Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE LIMERICK doctor who treated a woman who lost her baby has said that the infant would have been born alive if the mother was kept in hospital.Consultant Gynacologist Dr Mark Skehan told Limerick Coroner’s Court that he saw expectant mother Amy Delahunt a month before her baby died. Both mother and baby were doing well “and nothing was expected to go wrong”.Ms Delahunt (34) from Borrisoleigh Co Tipperary, wept as she recounted the events leading up to the stillborn birth of her daughter Mary Kate Kelly at the Maternity Hospital in Limerick, on May 28 2013.Before she started her evidence, Ms Delahunt asked if she could pass around a photo of Mary Kate “so everyone knows why we are here”.Ms Delahunt was a patient with consultant gynacologist Dr Mark Skehan in Limerick but on May 21, 2013, she was working in Portlaoise when she sought help regarding her concerns over her baby’s reduction in activity in the womb.She learned of four previous infant deaths at the same hospital in Portlaoise after watching a Prime Time investigation programme.Ms Delahunt told the inquest how she and her partner Oliver Kelly had been trying for many years to start a family and were overjoyed when they finally conceived with the help of fertility treatment.The pregnancy continued as normal until 34 weeks, when Ms Delahunt became concerned about lack of foetal movement. Dr Skehan said that he had seen Ms Delahunt one month earlier and all was well and “nothing was expected to go wrong”.On May 21, 2013, she went to the Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU) in Portlaoise hospital, five minutes from the school where she works as a secondary teacher as she was worried about her baby.She was monitored on CTG, a cardio monitor which gives a trace or graph of the baby’s foetal movements and an ultrasound was carried out.Registered midwife Sally Hanford told the inquest how she aired her concerns to the on-call Registrar Dr Chuck Ugezu about three unprovoked decelerations in the baby’s heart rate as picked up in Ms Delahunt’s CTG trace.Dr Ugezu said it was unnecessary to repeat the trace which he said was normal for this period of pregnancy and he performed an ultrasound scan which he said was fine.Ms Hanford said she told Dr Ugezu that he could not stand over the trace and they needed to contact consultant obstetrician Dr Miriam Doyle who was on duty in the maternity ward to review the trace.Ms Delahunt was subsequently discharged and told to keep a check of foetal movements overnight, ahead of her scheduled anti natal appointment in Limerick, the following morning.When she went for the appointment, she was told by midwives in Limerick that they could find not find a heartbeat on the scan, and that’s when she knew her baby girl was gone.“I just wanted them to deliver the baby straight away. I didn’t want to be carrying around a baby bump with a dead baby inside and people thinking I was going to have a healthy baby.”She had to wait six more days before she finally gave birth to baby Mary Kate.Dr Chuck Ugezu, a former registrar at The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise, apologised for the “understandable upset caused”. He also acknowledged he should have insisted she be admitted on the day she presented at Portlaoise, for further observations and for steroid injections and further CTG traces.Consultant Obstetrician Dr Miriam Doyle said she had no recollection of Ms Delahunt on May 21,  2013 or speaking to midwife Hanford about her case. She said that Ms Delahunt should have been admitted.She also agreed that if she had been kept in hospital, the baby would have born been alive, although it was uncertain how healthy.During the second day of evidence, Dr Skehan said he agreed that Amy Delahunt should have been immediately admitted to Portlaoise hospital.Many of the staff in Limerick were in tears over the death of little Mary Kate and all they could do was “help the mother and try and get through the situation. It is terribly sad and quite difficult in the hospital when there is such an occurrence”.Pathologist, Dr Peter Kelehan, said the cause of death was uncertain but delayed maturation of the placenta, a lateral insertion and hyper coiling of the coil could have contributed.The jury returned a verdict medical misadventure and a number of recommendations were made including that HSE promote lifelong learning amongst medical staff; maternity medical staff should receive adequate and ongoing CTG trace training; the HSE national policy on open disclosure should be implemented in full; there should be clear written instructions on the escalation of care; that patients with non-reassuring CTG traces or with concerns over foetal movements should not be discharged from hospital unless done so by a consultant; expectant mothers discharged from hospital should be given clear written instructions on monitoring foetal movement and that the HSE should publish and be obliged to adhere to adequate staffing levels in all hospitals.Speaking afterwards, the parents of Mary Kate Kelly had these comments. 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Ditch The Videogames This Winter Break

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Cure For Cabin FeverLooking for something fun to do with the kids over winter break? Wesselman Woods Nature Center is the place to be! The Naturalists have come up with some fun programs to break that cabin fever.Activities will include stories, crafts, animal meet and greets, and science activities. The Science of Frozen is one of the programs planned and will allow kids to explore the science of the winter wonders seen in the movie Frozen. Another program, Hootenanny, will have kids all “aflutter” while leaning about owls.Programs will take place at times through the days from Tuesday, December 27, through Friday December 30 at the Nature Center. All programs are included with Nature Center admission. Some programs are limited on participants, so pre-registration is offered by contacting the Nature Center at (812) 479-0771 or emailing Gena Garrett at [email protected] Schedule:Tuesday December 2710:00-11:00 – Toddling With Animals – ages 3 and under, limited to 15 children.11:30-12:00 – Craft: Tree Cookie Ornaments1:00-2:00 – Let’s Make Tracks – ages 8 and up, limited to 20 children.Wednesday, December 2810:00-11:00 – Hootenanny – recommended for ages 5-9, limited to 20 children.11:30-12:00 – Story Time & Animal Visit – recommended for ages 2-8, limited to 20 children.1:00-2:00 – Warm In The Wild – recommended for ages 4-9, limited to 20 children.Thursday, December 2910:00-11:00 – The Science of Frozen – ages 4 and up, limited to 20 children.11:30-12:00 – Craft: Glittering Gumball Ornaments1:00-2:30 – Spectacular Snowflakes – ages 8 and up, limited to 20 children.Friday, December 3010:00-11:00 – Animals In Winter – recommended for ages 5-9, limited to 20 children.11:30-12:00 – Story Time & Animal Visit – recommended for ages 2-8, limited to 20 children.1:00-2:00 – The Night Tree – recommended for ages 4-9, limited to 20 children.center_img last_img read more

StarTimes Assures Nigerians of Uninterrupted World Cup Moments   Â

first_imgPay-TV company, StarTimes says all of the exciting moments of the 64 matches of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup will be delivered without signal interruption by rain, storm or any technical issue.This, the company said was due to its huge investments in improving the technology behind signal strength and distribution across the county, in a bid to ensure that the most exciting moments are not missed by football-loving Nigerians.Speaking further on this, Brand and Marketing Director at StarTimes, Qasim Elegbede said, “All is set to deliver quality signal for all 64 matches live and in HD to subscribers without interruptions, not even by rain or storm.”StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 10 million subscribers with a signal covering the whole continent and a distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors. The company also owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorised channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs etc.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more