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23rd Nov 2021

The Coombe apologises for failings in care to mum who died last Christmas

Kat O'Connor

The Coombe has apologised for failings in care to a mum who died last Christmas.

24-year-old Karen McEvoy died of sepsis just a week after giving birth to her third child.

She passed away on Christmas Day, 2018.

The mum-of-three gave birth to her baby girl Ruby on December 18th, 2018.

Ms McEvoy then fell ill and suffered from pain in her lower back and abdomen.

She then developed maternal sepsis and septic shock secondary to infection. The mother was wrongly diagnosed with sciatica prior to her death.

She was discharged from the Coombe on December 19th, 2018, but her health continued to deteriorate.

Ms McEvoy was admitted to Naas General Hospital on Christmas Day 2018 in grave condition.

The mum passed away from multi-organ failure at 4 pm on December 25th.

It was claimed that the Coombe failed to conduct the appropriate examinations. The hospital also failed to consider she was suffering from maternal sepsis.

The Master of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Professor Michael O’Connell said the hospital is sincerely sorry “for our failings in care afforded to Ms McEvoy at this hospital on December 23rd, 2018”.

“I fully accept that these failings should not have happened.

“I can’t begin to imagine the consequences of Karen’s sad loss on you,” he told her family.

“We in the Coombe are truly sorry for the distress that Karen’s death has caused.”

Her family settled High Court actions over her death today. Her partner Mr Barry Kelly stated, “Her death was completely preventable had she been properly treated and cared for by the Coombe Hospital.

“No amount of money will ever change anything for myself and our three children.”

Ms McEvoy is survived by her three children- 6-year-old Jake, 3-year-old Toby, and 2-year-old Ruby.