Inquest returns verdict after Abbeyknockmoy woman dies during routine surgery
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.
UHG remains under significant pressure with 67 patients on trolleys
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG remains under significant pressure today with 67 patients on trolleys
This is one of the highest ever figures at the city public hospital
It’s the third highest number in the country behind Cork with 70 patients on trolleys and Limerick with 107
Yesterday at UHG, elective day case and inpatient adult procedures were postooned due to pressure on beds.
In Portiuncula in Ballinasloe there are a further 8 people waiting on trolleys
Nationally, 647 people are waiting on trolleys in Irish hospitals today
Incidents of hate crime increased in Galway last year
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- There has been a slight increase in reported incidents of hate crime in Galway.
Last year, 22 cases of hate crime and hate related incidents were reported in the county Garda Division – an increase on the 17 reported in 2021.
Half of last year’s incidents in Galway related to race.
Across the country there were 582 reported incidents of such crimes, an increase of almost a third compared to 2021.
Stephanie Rohan gives some examples of the incidents reported nationally last year:
Thousands of students expected to attend upcoming open days at Galway universities
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Thousands of students are expected to attend open days at University of Galway and Atlantic Technological University Galway this Saturday (25/03).
There are over 100 talks organised for the University of Galway’s open day from 9am to 3pm.
Student Recruitment Officer, Caroline Duggan says there will be a range of different talks:
Meanwhile, ATU Galway is welcoming prospective students to its Dublin Road, Wellpark Road cand Connemara campuses until 1PM.
ATU School Liaison Officer, Lorraine Cunningham describes some of what ATU has to offer as it approaches its first anniversary of becoming a university: