A&E patient's family 'devastated' at manner of death in Limerick hospital

A&E patient's family 'devastated' at manner of death in Limerick hospital
University Hospital Limerick

The solicitor for the family of a man who died on a hospital trolley having presented as a "very urgent" case says they are devastated by what happened.

Darragh Curley, 33, died in University Hospital Limerick in July 2013 after taking an overdose of tablets.

Yesterday an inquest heard that he was triaged by a nurse nearly an hour after presenting at the hospital, but was not seen by a doctor until he was found dead more than three hours later on a trolley.

A consultant told an inquest in Limerick yesterday they may have been able to save him had they proper facilities at the A&E of the Mid-West Regional Hospital (now University Hospital Limerick).

Solicitor Catriona Carmody said the family is devastated, but now have some answers as to how Darragh died.

"They previously sought an adjournment of the inquest when they weren't satisfied with the answers they were getting in relation to what happened Darragh," she said.

"They are grateful to the coroner for directing that statements be given by hospital personnel. They (now) have a much clearer, much sadder, picture of what happened, and what might have been."


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