Aibhe Conroy's ‘parents haunted by final hours’

The possibility that their six-year-old daughter’s under-lying medical conditional was not effectively addressed is “consuming” her family, a solicitor claimed yesterday as an inquest into the death of Aibhe Conroy continued.

One doctor and three nurses from Galway University Hospital yesterday gave evidence at the inquest, attended by Aibhe’s mother, Kathleen Conroy, as well as her father John, from Gowla, Cashel, in Connemara, Co Galway.

The family’s solicitor, Damien Tansey, indicated to the inquest that Aibhe’s parents believe their daughter’s potential hormonal abnormalities were not effectively addressed by healthcare professionals.

“This idea that her health issues were not effectively addressed is eating them up and consuming them,” said Mr Tansey.

The inquest also heard Aibhe was critically ill when she was transferred from the ICU at Galway University Hospital to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin, on December 11, 2011.

Her parents, however, were unaware of the severity of her condition and did not realise her hours in the ambulance while she was being transferred to Dublin had been some of her last.

They “are haunted” by the thought that their beloved daughter spent some of her final hours without them by her side, Mr Tansey told the inquest.

Aibhe died at Temple Street Children’s Hospital on December 14, 2011. Four days previously, she had been admitted to GUH suffering from hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, and weakness. She was also vomiting.

She initially responded to treatment when first admitted to GUH on December 11, but within 90 minutes she suffered a respiratory arrest and had to be resuscitated.

Aibhe was subsequently transferred to the intensive care unit, but then suffered brain damage within a couple of hours. She was then transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital on December 11.

Aibhe had been admitted to GUH on two previous occasions, in August 2011 and March 2010. On both occasions, she was treated for hypoglycaemia by the administration of intravenous fluids, and the issue had been resolved.

The inquest continues today.


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