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23/10/2021

Inquest into baby's death at Cavan Hospital - update

Inquest into baby's death at Cavan Hospital

Cavan General Hospital

An inquest into baby Conor Whelan's death on May 14, 2014 at Cavan General Hospital opened on Monday, September 19 at Cavan Courthouse and is expected to run until today, Wednesday, September 21.


The baby from Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan died on May 14, 2014, a little over seventeen hours after he was born.
On Monday the jury heard from the baby's mother Siobhan Whelan.


She went into labour nine days overdue and started to bleed. She requested a C-section, but her waters were broken artificially against her wishes, after which she was rushed to theatre where a C-section was eventually carried out.
Baby Conor was born at 1.49pm weighing 8lb 1oz. Ms Whelan said she suffered a vascular bleed following the birth and spent 9 days in the intensive care unit.


She said her son was taken to the Rotunda Hospital where it was confirmed there was no brain activity.
Baby Conor was taken back to Cavan General Hospital to be with his mother and family, he died at 7.25am on 14 May 2014.
Ms Whelan told the inquest her baby died and she had almost died. She wants answers to ensure this never happens again.


Dr Eoin Mooney, a consultant histopathologist explained baby Conor was severely anaemic, this was consistent with massive blood loss. Ultrasound Specialist Anne Emmo told the inquest that she performed a third trimester scan on Ms Whelan on March 21, 2014. Consultant radiologist Dr Angela Mortimer said she reviewed the scan.

Today, Wednesday, September 21 consultant obstetrician from Cavan General Hospital Dr Azhar Syed who saw Siobhan Whelan during her pregnancy has said he was not aware "at any time" that there was a question of a low-lying placenta.

Dr Syed told the hearing that he reviewed Ms Whelan a number of times during her pregnancy but was not told of concerns surrounding a low-lying placenta. He said he only found out in the weeks following Conor's death.

He also told the inquest radiologists at the hospital said they did not want to report on obstetric scans because they felt they were not skilled enough.

The inquest continues.

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