Girl’s parents ‘vindicated’ after inquest verdict

A coroner has returned a verdict of medical misadventure in the case of a six year old girl who died four days after she was admitted to hospital suffering from hypoglycaemia.

Aibha Conroy, of Gowla, Connemara, Co Galway, died at Temple St Children’s Hospital in Dublin on December 14, 2011.

In a statement, Aibha’s family said they feel “vindicated in their campaign for answers regarding Aibha’s care and treatment during her short life.”

Coroner Brian Farrell said the verdict of medical misadventure takes into account risk factors that arose in evidence during the inquest into the child’s death.

The coroner identified the lack of critical blood samples to determine whether Aibha had an underlying metabolic or endocrinal issue as a risk factor and noted that the results of a cortisol test shortly before she died could not be relied upon.

The verdict contains ‘no connotation of blame or exoneration’ he said.

Aibha’s mother, Kathleen Conroy, shed tears as the long-running inquest closed.

On December 11, Aibha had been admitted to Galway University Hospital suffering from hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, and weakness. She was also vomiting. She responded to treatment when first admitted but, within 90 minutes, she suffered a respiratory arrest and had to be resuscitated.

Aibha was transferred to the intensive care unit at GUH and then to Temple Street where she died four days later.

The cause of death was cerebral oedema following a prolonged episode of hypoglycaemia.


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