Holles St Accused of 'Cascade of Negligence' Widower Sues for Millions over Pregnant Wife's Death

Daily Mail (London), January 13, 2018 | Go to article overview

Holles St Accused of 'Cascade of Negligence' Widower Sues for Millions over Pregnant Wife's Death


Byline: Paul Caffrey

HOLLES Street bosses have been accused of a 'cascade of negligence' in a wrongful death lawsuit that could force the hospital to pay out millions to a devastated widow over a bungled routine operation.

Alan Thawley, 31, went to the High Court yesterday claiming he wasn't told the full picture over the 2016 death of his 34-year-old wife Malak at the National Maternity Hospital.

The couple, who had been married for three years, both loved Ireland and enjoyed their lives here 'thoroughly'.

They had decided to start a family after Malak, a Syrian-born US citizen, turned 34, and in early 2016 she became pregnant.

But she needed emergency treatment because her pregnancy was ectopic - meaning the unborn child was growing in her fallopian tube instead of her uterus.

At Holles Street on May 8, 2016, a surgical implement was inserted into her abdomen at the wrong angle by a junior doctor which tore her aorta - and she lost so much blood that she couldn't be saved, it is claimed.

In his action seeking damages, Mr Thawley alleges there was 'one act of negligence followed by another', including:

The procedure was carried out by an unsupervised and inadequately-trained junior doctor, on a Sunday where there wasn't a single consultant in the building - and he was never told any of this.

A blood sample was taken from Malak but was not cross-matched to check her type because it was 'hospital policy' not to crossmatch blood at weekends. She later died after losing ten units - most of the blood in her body.

Malak's Body Mass Index was not measured. This would have impacted on surgery because she was a very lean woman.

A delay in contacting a consultant when it became clear there was a problem, and

Two doctors were sent to a local pub to fetch ice after a decision was taken to try to cool her brain, the court heard.

Barrister Liam Reidy told the court the couple were initially told it would be a routine 30-minute procedure but 'she was taken to theatre at 4pm and Alan never saw her again'.

During the procedure Mr Thawley felt he 'was not being told the full picture' until he was visited by National Maternity Hospital boss Dr Rhona O'Mahony at 7.30pm.

The court heard she warned him: 'There is a chance your wife could die.' Twenty minutes later, Dr O'Mahony, the hospital's Master, 'returned with a specialist surgeon' and Mr Thawley was told by one of them: 'Malak is dead. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Holles St Accused of 'Cascade of Negligence' Widower Sues for Millions over Pregnant Wife's Death
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.