A WOMAN is to sue University Hospital, Galway alleging it failed to recognise she had sepsis after giving birth, causing her permananet injuries.
The case is set for hearing at the High Court from June 11th according to “The Sunday Times”.
The report claims the court could examine whether the hospital took steps to improve staff’s ability to recognise maternal sepsis, a life-threatening bacterial infection, between late 2009 and October 2012 when Savita Halappanaver died there.
In this case the woman gave birth in UHG in late 2009 and was later discharged.
She returned feeling unwell but some medical staff believed she might be suffering from post-natal depression.
According to the report four days after giving birth the woman was treated with antibiotics but by then was fast approaching multi-organ failure.
Even though her life was saved, the infection affected some of her digits and muscle mass on her feet and even after over 30 corrective procedures her mobility is still restricted.
The report also states that the HSE West has not commented on whether maternity medical staff had received any extra training to help them recognise the early onset of maternal sepsis.
Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.