A Co. Tipperary couple and their unborn baby daughter have become the latest victims of further apparent malpractice at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. Earlier this year an RTE Prime Time Documentary revealed that four babies had died either shortly before or just after being born at this same maternity unit.
Mr Oliver Kelly and wife Amy Delahunt, both residing in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, claim that medical staff failed to recognise that their baby daughter was in foetal distress when she went to the Portlaoise maternity unit in May of last year.
The couple became aware that their baby daughter had stopped moving and went to the Midlands Regional Hospital where a Cardiotocograph Machine (CTG) or Electronic Fetal Monitor (EFM) was used to monitor the unborn child’s heartbeat. Following this Amy was subsequently discharged; however the next day, following a routine appointment to Limerick Hospital, they were informed that their baby daughter was dead. Mary-Kate was delivered to the couple on May 28th, and taken home for two days.
The couple only recently learned that their unborn baby was the fifth such baby to die after apparent failure of care at the Midlands Regional Hospital Unit. The couple are understood to have received information via a Freedom of Information request just three weeks ago, and were horrified to learn that the report identified a number of care management problems, including the inability to read CTG data correctly.
Last January, RTE revealed the tragic deaths of four other babies at the maternity unit and now this fifth couple have come forward with their story. The Chief Medical Officer published a damning report which found the maternity unit unsafe and a HIQA investigation is now under way at the hospital.
The Irish Heart Foundation is the National Charity fighting heart disease and stroke and funded 92% by donations from the public. It is their vision that every person living in Ireland will live a long, active and healthy life, free from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. They aim to lead the way in improving the cardiovascular health of people living in Ireland so they do not experience disability or die from preventable heart, stroke and other blood vessel diseases.
The Irish Heart Foundation provides information on heart health to the public and media. We support patients in managing heart disease and stroke and provide heart health programmes in schools and workplaces. The IHF co-ordinates the training of medics and the public in emergency lifesaving skills (CPR) and supports research, education and development in the medical profession.
The Irish Heart Foundation is an independent, national charity with a transparent, ‘one job – one salary‘ policy, with no top-ups. They adhere to the ICTR Guiding Principles for Fundraising, which requires practices similar to a Regulator. Their total income of €5.04 million, of that the State funding they received for co-funded projects, is worth €384,000. There is a total payroll including nurse, CVD prevention and Patient Support Staff of €1.84 million. The full balance remaining is spent on rolling out their many programmes that are managed by the aforementioned staff.
Ireland’s public donations are put to work through numerous channels such as; Health Promotion, Research, Resuscitation, Advocacy, Patient Support and Public Information. To avail of these services or to find out more information you can contact their helpline on 1890 432 788 or visit www.irishheart.ie
The Irish Heart Foundation personnel here in the Thurles area are currently seeking volunteers for their annual Church Gate Collections and ‘Happy Heart Appeal.’ Their annual Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend, 8th & 9th March, while the ‘Happy Heart Appeal’ will take place from Thursday 15th May until Saturday 17th May 2014.
The local committee are always on the lookout for new collectors and the communities continued support for the vital work of this charity, latter assistance which is very much appreciated.
If you would like to help with their Church Gate Collection or Happy Hearts Appeal, you can contact Catherine Fogarty on Mobile 087 2701689 or via email at email@example.com.
Thurles Blood Donation Clinic At The Dome
Where:- The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
When:- Monday 17th February, 2014.
Time:- 2:30pm - 5:30pm
When:- Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February, 2014.
Time:- 6:00pm – 9:00pm each day.
Help Save a Life, Give Blood & Remember:-
- A unit of blood lasts for just 35 days.
- Some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment only lasts for 5 days
- There is no substitute for human blood.
- The IBTS supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year.
For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on 061 306980.
Save a life, don’t risk your own.
Tipperary Ógra Fianna Fáil are urging young people to save a life by donating a pint of blood, instead of risking their own safety by participating in the latest online craze known as ‘Neknomination.’
Chairman, Cllr. Gerard Fogarty, explained, “We are calling on young people to think twice before participating in this latest online craze and to donate a pint of blood instead of necking a pint of alcohol.”
“It has become clear that this game has spiralled out of control. More and more young people are risking their own safety to outdo each other with increasingly outrageous drinking scenarios. This game only serves to normalise binge drinking and reinforce the dangerous message that young people need to get drunk to enjoy themselves.
We are calling on people to drink responsibly and to consider spending the time donating a pint of blood to help save a life, rather than risk their own safety by downing a pint of alcohol simply to impress others. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service regularly call for more donations and visit Thurles and other sites across Tipperary every 3 months. It doesn’t take long, and can save someone’s life. This is an opportunity to turn something destructive into something more positive.”
If Facebook wants to turn this latest disaster into something more positive, it will work to spread the more positive message: “Don’t neck a pint, donate a pint,” concluded Thurles Town Cllr. Fogarty.
Because You Loved Me
“For all those times you stood by me, for all the truth that you made me see.
For all the joy you brought to my life, for all the wrong that you made right.
For every dream you made come true, for all the love I found in you.”
(From the song “Because You Loved Me,” sung by Céline Dion from her twenty-first studio album “Falling into You,” with lyrics by Diane Warren.)
While New Years Eve is a time to look back, it is also a time to give thanks and look forward to what we in Thurles hope will be a good year ahead.
When the clock strikes 12:00 midnight tonight, may it herald into our homes a new and happier future and the realisation of all that is good for each of us and our families, in the year about to dawn.
With this thought in our minds, Thurles.Info wish each and every one of you, wherever your currently reside, a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year for 2014 and beyond.