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St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin Issues Apology for Death of 76-Year-Old Amidst Trainee Surgeon Incident

Dublin: The management of St. Vincent’s University Hospital expressed sincere apologies to the court for the unfortunate demise of an elderly woman following a surgical procedure conducted by trainee surgeons. The court, seeking assurance that such an incident would not recur, reached a settlement with the hospital, involving a compensation payment of two lakh rupees. The hospital administration conveyed their deep regret to the family over the tragic turn of events.

Acknowledging the apology, David O’Malley, the family’s lawyer, emphasised the importance of tangible changes in the hospital’s protocols to prevent similar occurrences. Justice Paul Coffey extended heartfelt condolences to the children and grandchildren of the deceased, acknowledging the gravity of the situation.

Notably, the consultant, Anthony Stafford, scheduled to perform the surgery, was conspicuously absent. The cause of death was attributed to bleeding during the procedure, conducted without the consultant’s supervision. Subsequently, the hospital management informed the court of their decision to refrain from undertaking complex surgeries in the absence of the responsible consultant.

The patient, a mother of six, was admitted to the hospital on September 1, 2017, due to pancreatitis. Her surgery aimed to provide a new lease on life, with the family eagerly anticipating her return after recovery. However, tragically, she did not make it home.

An hour into the surgery, Fox experienced a severe haemorrhage, further complicating her condition. During the procedure, she endured three heart attacks, leading to the abandonment of the surgery. Despite efforts in the intensive care unit, she succumbed to the complications.

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