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Monday 23 October 2017

Heartbreak as young mum dies after giving birth to her third son

Tracey Fitzpatrick with her husband Bernard
Tracey Fitzpatrick with her husband Bernard

Family and friends will pay tribute today to a young mum-of-three who tragically died just minutes after giving birth to her new son.

Tracey Fitzpatrick (36) will be removed to her native Mayo as St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny confirmed that a full review is now underway into the circumstances of her tragic death.

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

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.

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

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

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

A post mortem examination was carried out on Tuesday.

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.

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

"Everyone is heartbroken by it," one Carlow neighbour said.

Sympathies

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

The young mother was from Shanvaghera, just outside Knock in Co Mayo.

A special Mass for Mrs Fitzpatrick will take place at 11am today at St Patrick's Church in Rathoe, Co Carlow.

Her remains will then be taken to her parents home in Mayo.

She will then be removed to St Ann's Church, Shanvaghera for 11am Requiem Mass on tomorrow with the burial taking place at Knock cemetery.

The mourners will be led at her Requiem Mass tomorrow 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.

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