Widowers seek law changes to save women’s lives

Heartbroken fathers Sean Rowlette and Michael Kivlehan will be in the Dáil today hoping for a law change that will make it easier to save women’s lives.

Widowers seek law changes to save women’s lives

The two men are travelling to Dublin to be at Government Buildings as TD Clare Daly attempts to push through a vital amendment to the Coroners Bill 2007.

The two widowers are backing her bid because they believe if the law had been changed in time, the life of Sean Rowlette’s wife Sally, might have been saved.

Mr Kivlehan’s wife Dhara died in 2010 after she gave birth to their son Dior.

He fought for four years before he got an inquest which decided Dhara’s death was due to medical misadventure in Sligo General Hospital.

Sally died in February 2013, the day after she gave birth to her fourth child in the Sligo hospital.

A verdict of medical misadventure was returned at her inquest a year ago.

Both widowers believe Sally’s life may have been saved if Dhara’s inquest was held in time. They believe the same medical mistakes might have been avoided.

Inquests were not mandatory for maternal deaths. They were only held after long battles by the husbands.

In a joint statement prior to today’s visit to the Dáil, they said last night: “If Dhara’s inquest had been an automatic undertaking in law, the lessons from her death would have come out in public and the HSE would have been publicly accountable.

“Had that happened Sally might not have died three years later.”

Their statement says Ms Daly’s private member’s bill, with a vital amendment about an automatic inquest for every maternal death, should be passed.

The husbands added: “We live out the impact of the loss of Dhara and Sally’s lives every single day, the loss of our beloved wives, and the loss to our five children of their mothers.”

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