A first-time mother who died a week after an emergency Caesarean section died in medical misadventure, an inquest jury has found.

Dhara Kivlehan, 29, and originally from India, died in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital on September 28, 2010, after being airlifted from Sligo hospital where she had given birth a week earlier but suffered a severe strain of pre-eclampsia.

The hearing at Carrick-on- Shannon courthouse heard deficiencies in her care included a 96-hour delay in a kidney specialist assessing her critical condition and a 12-hour gap in the review of the first blood tests.

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Mrs Kivlehan’s death and a week since her son Dior turned four. She died on the fifth anniversary of her marriage.

Her death was recorded as 2.10pm. Widower Michael, supported by his mother Susan and father Michael Sr, said the inquests was about getting answers. “We have clarity now but in a curtailed fashion,” he said.

The HSE apologised on behalf of Sligo hospital at a civil case in the High Court last year where Mr Kivlehan and Dior were awarded almost €1m.

“Again on behalf of the management and staff of Sligo hospital we would like to take this opportunity to repeat this apology and reiterate our sincere condolences,” it said.

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