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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Mum-to-be died from tear in abdomen, inquest hears

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital Holles St at the Coroners Court inquest into the death of Malak Kuzbary Thawley
Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital Holles St at the Coroners Court inquest into the death of Malak Kuzbary Thawley

A 35-year-old pregnant woman died due to a tear in the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, an inquest has heard.

Malak Kuzbary Thawley, of Brusna Cottages, Blackrock, Co Dublin, died on May 8 at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.

A short inquest into the woman's death opened at Dublin Coroner's Court before Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane.

The woman's husband, Alan Thawley, was not present in court but was represented by Senior Counsel Liam Reidy.

Dr Rhona Mahony (right), Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, sat in the public gallery.

Malak Kuzbary Thawley
Malak Kuzbary Thawley

Ms Thawley, a teacher, was originally from Syria and was expecting her first baby with her husband. She was seven weeks pregnant when a scan identified an ectopic pregnancy.

The inquest heard that Dr Charles Goh identified the woman's body to Garda James Verner of Pearse Street Garda Station on May 9.

A post mortem was carried out the following day by Consultant Pathologist Dr Thomas Crotty at St Vincent's Hospital.

Dr Crotty gave the cause of death as a tear in the abdomen during the course of laparoscopic therapy due to an ectopic pregnancy in the right fallopian tube.

The court heard that an internal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the woman's death was commenced by the hospital in early June and is ongoing.

Mr Reidy said the stated purpose of this internal inquiry was to establish the facts, identify any 'systems failures' within the hospital and make recommendations to prevent any identifiable future risk.

The report is now at draft final stage, Mr Reidy said, and Mr Thawley has requested all documentation from the hospital that the inquiry has generated to date, but this had been refused.

"We have been denied access to that," Mr Reidy said. He asked that all information submitted to the court be made available to his client.

Ongoing

Barrister Simon Mills, for the hospital, said he did not accept "that characterisation of matters".

"The investigation is ongoing," Mr Mills said.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until October 24.

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