The family of a mother of three who died of a blood clot nine days after varicose vein surgery at a Dublin hospital has settled a case in the High Court over her death.
aren McCabe (46 years old) a week after the surgery, she had pain in her leg and went back to Bon Secours Hospital but the court heard the junior doctor wanted to admit her to the testing without the privilege of admitting and specialist Her consultant was on vacation and she was discharged home.
The settlement was against two hospitals and a vascular consultant.
McCabe family counselor Bruce Antoniotti SC, along with Sara Antoniotti, BL told the court their case was that of Austin Leahy, McCabe’s vascular consultant who performed the alleged vein surgery. ‘sick free’ while he was on vacation in a place with poor phone coverage.
Counsel said the procedure at the time of hospital stay is for the doctor to be the consultant to admit the patient and arrange the tests.
He said the junior doctor did his best and tried to contact Professor Leahy “but there is no cover for the phone where I live.”
Tried to contact another consultant, the counselor said, but “it sounds odd and strange but this is what happened”, she was discharged home.
The McCabe family is heartbroken, Counsel said that if Ms. McCabe had been admitted to Bon Secours Hospital as her junior doctor wanted to do on August 13, 2014, she would not have died.
The next day, the mother of three who was in pain and unable to walk went to Beaumont A&E hospital where she died on August 14, 2014.
In 2016, a medical malpractice conviction was returned during the inquest into McCabe’s death. The inquest heard she died of a pulmonary embolism. She had a deep vein thrombosis and a blood clot traveled from her leg to her lungs.
In the High Court, Ms McCabes’ husband Michael and their three children Shauna (20), Conor (17) and Callum (15) of Bewley Drive, Lucan, Dublin sued Bon Secours Health System Ltd, the company manager Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin , Dublin; Professor Austin Leahy is a vascular surgeon at Bon Secours Hospital and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Beaumont Hospital.
Settlement in all cases is reached after mediation is without liability. The court has fully heard the defenses of all three defendants.
Shauna McCabe in a statement to the court said her mother had passed away following a routine surgery.
“Myself and my brothers were left without our wonderful mother. My father was left without the love of his life. Our lives have changed forever,” she said.
She added: “We are comforted as a family that policies have changed at Bon Secours Hospital following the death of our mother. New arrangements have been put in place and never will a patient be denied admission without a consultant. ”
There was no amount of money she said “could bring our mother home” and she said the settlement was reached after a lengthy legal battle.
Noting the settlement, Mr. Justice Paul Coffey expressed his deepest sympathies to Ms. McCabe’s family in what he called a very sad and tragic case.
In April 2013, Ms. McCabe visited Professor Leahy for consultation and symptomatic treatment of varicose veins. In August, Ms. McCabe had varicose vein surgery at Bon Secours Hospital and was discharged the same day.
Seven days later, on August 12, 2014, she developed significant leg pain and called the hospital for advice and more pain medication.
She was advised to go to the hospital the next day if the pain persisted.
On August 13, she called the hospital again and complained of persistent leg pain that was not improving. She was advised to go to the hospital for review and it was confirmed that there were differential diagnoses including deep vein thrombosis and that the attending physician planned to admit her to the hospital for tests.
However, due to procedures at the time, the non-consulting physician was unable to accept Ms McCabe and she was discharged home.
The next day, August 14, she arrived at Beaumont Hospital after 9 p.m. and it is believed she was admitted to the ward at 4:45 a.m. Five hours later, she lost consciousness, went into cardiac arrest, and died.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/our-lives-have-changed-forever-family-of-mother-of-three-who-died-of-blood-clot-nine-days-after-varicose-veins-operation-41429487.html ‘Our lives have been changed forever’ – parents’ family dies of blood clot 9 days after varicose vein surgery