A woman’s body was removed from the family during the wake for the second post-mortem and “rushed back” in time for the funeral, the inquest hears

A woman’s body was recovered by her family during her wake after doctors believe they missed a crucial factor in her death before being “pushed back” in time for her funeral this morning, her inquest learned.

The jury in the case ruled on a medical adversity in the case, ruling that Olive McGuire died of complications from acute fecal peritonitis which fatally infected her abdomen, along with damage to a cerebral artery and a perforated bowel with severe internal adhesions .

They had previously heard from the chief state pathologist, who said a punctured artery that was said to have “undetected” by a doctor during a medical procedure “probably” formed a blood clot that led to a stroke – which caused the brain injury — and contributed to the death of the mother of two in 2009.

The 32-year-old was admitted back to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny on Saturday 13 June 2009 with abdominal pain, vomiting and constipation, having been discharged the day before as her condition was deemed satisfactory by medical professionals .

On the second admission, Ms McGuire, who was from Ballickmoyler, Co. Carlow, was taken to the ICU on a ventilator after suffering a blood clot and stroke and later died on June 24, 2009, 11 days after her admission.

After her death, discussions between her advisers as to the cause of death took place and a second autopsy was arranged before Ms McGuire’s funeral.

This was blasted by family lawyer Raymond Bradley SC, who said “not a trace of paper” could be found in connection with these talks.

He pointed out that the pathologist who conducted the post-mortem found himself that he was provided with “little details” about Ms McGuire before conducting his examination.

Mr Bradley claimed it meant a “fundamentally flawed and inaccurate” autopsy that was “compromised before it even began”.

It resulted, he said, in the “family’s grief being disturbed when Ms McGuire’s body was recovered by her wake overnight, and “the body of a woman, a mother, crossing the countryside” for the second post-mortem at the hospital , before being brought back hours later “in time for the funeral”.

“It’s a result of the lack of detail,” he said, “and that’s wrong for the kids, that’s wrong for Olive McGuire, that’s wrong for her husband.”

He added: “I never want to see an autopsy report that makes reference to ‘little detail’.[again].”

The jury heard of delays in conducting a brain scan for Ms McGuire, with retired Counsel General George Nessim recalling “yelling on the phone” so he could admit her to Waterford University Hospital after the machine broke down at St Luke’s was.

In this context, the jury called for the urgent purchase of a second CT scanner for St. Luke’s.

Among their recommendations, they said future intravenous insertions should be guided through the use of ultrasound machines, which the coroner said was given “a degree of comfort” by the hospital’s clinical director, Gary Courtney, who said these Method now used in St. Luke.

The jury also said all hospitals should incorporate a system of record-keeping to ensure all notes are legible, complete and consistent.

During cross-examination, senior state pathologist Linda Mulligan said she was “surprised” that the punctured artery was still not noticed on the second examination of the deceased woman’s body.

She said that after “balancing the odds”, it was likely that the punctured artery resulted in Ms McGuire developing a clot that caused a stroke.

She added that the intestinal perforation suffered by Ms McGuirecan becomes irreversible within hours or days.

Coroner Tim Kiely said evidence from earlier in a radiologist’s examination said the clot could originate from the damaged right carotid artery in her neck, with the timeline for this to occur “about 24 to 72 hours” after the puncture. which would bring us back to the 17th” – when the artery was punctured.

Prof Mulligan said to “weigh the odds that it’s likely that it occurred through the puncture”.

The investigation revealed that the assistant anesthetist who allegedly punctured the artery, Dr. Norbert Lederer, was no longer responsible and was not available to testify.

His affidavit, read into the court file by the coroner, said he “accidentally punctured the right carotid artery in Ms. McGuire’s neck” during a “difficult placement” of a catheter tube.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/womans-body-taken-from-family-during-wake-for-second-post-mortem-and-rushed-back-in-time-for-funeral-inquest-hears-41861191.html A woman’s body was removed from the family during the wake for the second post-mortem and “rushed back” in time for the funeral, the inquest hears

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