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Inquest returns verdict after Abbeyknockmoy woman dies during routine surgery

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- A leading surgeon says he has been left traumatised by the death of an Abbeyknockmoy woman during a routine urgery in 2012.

The inquest into the death of 51-year-old, Kathleen O’ Neill from Ryehill, Abbeyknockmoy, heard that she went to have surgery for an overactive thyroid which was making her tired.

During the surgery on November 27th 2012, Mrs. O’ Neill’s carotid artery ruptured.

According to today’s Irish Daily Mail, surgeons rushed from other theatres to help, but she lost too much blood and passed away on the operating table.

Professor of Surgery with Galway University Hospitals, Michael Kerin says he has done 18 hundred thyroid operations and had never seen anything like this.

He added that he was left traumatised by what happened.

Meanwhile, Kathleen’s husband Mattie told the inquest that he and his family had been ‘ruined’ by his wife’s death and he had since suffered a heart attack due to the stress of grief.

A pathologist told the inquest that Kathleen O’ Neill had died as a result of very localised degeneration of the blood vessel.

Coroner Dr. Ciarán McLoughlin returned a narrative verdict and told the family that the abnormality in the artery would not have been visible except under a microscope.

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Galway County Council criticised in Dáil over lack of urgency in addressing links with Tuam Mother and Baby Home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has been criticised in the Dáil for an alleged lack of urgency in addressing its historic links with the Tuam mother and baby home.

It’s as the local authority is due to discuss the issue at its plenary meeting on Monday and issue a statement.

Previously, the council said it was important to take time to read and consider the final report, while affording all those with a personal connection to the former home a similar opportunity.

However, Junior Minister and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte told the Dáil she was ‘horrified’ to see the matter was way down the list of items on Monday’s agenda.

Addressing the Dáil, Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte says the level of priority being given to the matter is unacceptable.

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103 new cases in Galway, 2870 nationally and 52 further deaths from COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 52 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

50* of these deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 82 years and the age range is 39-99 years.

There has been a total of 2,870 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Thursday 21st January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,371 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 184,279** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,129 are men / 1,194 are women
  • 57% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 40 years old
  • 757 in Dublin, 237 in Cork, 154 in Waterford, 123 in Wexford, 114 in Louth, and the remaining 986 cases are spread across all other counties***. 

As of 2pm today, 1,931 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 219 are in ICU. 78 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “We know that the ongoing restrictions are very challenging for people but, through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, we are starting to see the first signs of a lower prevalence of the disease in the population. Strictly adhering to the public health measures is the key to making real progress in terms of flattening the curve and lowering the current trends in our hospitals and ICUs.

“The ‘COVID-19 find-test-trace-isolate’ process is vital to our efforts. Our data is telling us that for a third of people, it’s 4 days or more from the time they first experience symptoms of COVID-19 to the time they get tested. We all need to contact our GP as soon as symptoms occur, so we can trace our contacts and prevent further infections.

“This weekend, we need everyone to stay the course with hand washing, covering coughs, wearing face coverings and keeping a 2m distance. In order to take care of each other, we need all to stay at home, except for essential reasons, to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to ourselves and our loved ones.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

ENDS//

*There are 2 deaths where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 14 confirmed cases. The figure of 184,279 confirmed cases reflects this.

***County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 21 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases*** (to midnight 21Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 21Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 21Jan2021)
Ireland2,371 1,017.1 48,433
Monaghan90 1,974.4 1,212
Waterford154 1,567.4 1,821
Louth114 1,540.1 1,985
Wexford123 1,529.5 2,290
Mayo68 1,465.8 1,913
Carlow31 1,461.4 832
Limerick96 1,221.7 2,381
Dublin757 1,087.1 14,647
Cork237 1,002.8 5,444
Donegal32 975.6 1,553
Galway103 968.8 2,500
Cavan30 962.2 733
Clare35 914.0 1,086
Meath96 892.6 1,741
Kilkenny28 830.4 824
Tipperary67 829.2 1,323
Kildare95 782.0 1,740
Roscommon6 773.1 499
Laois17 763.9 647
Offaly15 676.0 527
Wicklow59 591.9 843
Kerry35 580.2 857
Sligo21 491.3 322
Westmeath32 478.8 425
Longford22 452.6 185
Leitrim8 321.4 103

7-day incidence 372.6

5-day moving average 2,315

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Plan approved to change Briarhill gym to medical centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan has been approved for a medical centre at Briarhill Shopping Centre in Ballybrit.

The project is led by MyNedical Urgent Care Ltd. and will involve a change of use of around 400 square metres of existing gym space.

City planners have attached seven conditions.

One states a car parking management plan for the medical centre is to be submitted prior to occupation of the building.

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