Kevin James Kelly was born by caesarean section after a failed forceps delivery at Midlands Regional Hospital on August 16, 2014. Dublin Coroner’s Court heard he died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen, which happened around the time of birth.
Coroner Brian Farrell returned a verdict of death by medical misadventure at an inquest into the baby’s death. Parents Una and Kevin Kelly said they feel vindicated by the outcome.
“However, we are still waiting for the HSE to give us answers, we have been waiting since 2014. That continues to prolong our agony and our pain,” they said.
Kevin was the couple’s first born. They have since had another child, a five-month-old son, who they say has “saved them”.
They are moving away from “a lot of sad memories” attached to their home at Kinnegad in Co Westmeath to Una’s native Co Mayo.
“Today we did our best for our son, we know his death could have been prevented, but we feel vindicated by the findings of the inquest,” Una said.
She was admitted to Midlands Regional Hospital on August 13, 2014, with pre-eclampsia. On August 16, labour was induced but a lack of progress was noted during an examination at 7.05pm. Locum registrar Michael Osasere made a decision to apply the Neville Barnes forceps which he said “applied comfortably and locked with ease” but the procedure was abandoned at 7.12pm.
The court heard mother and baby were brought to theatre for a c-section as category 2 patients, but Dr Osasere said had he known of the baby’s falling heart rate he would have acted immediately to deliver the baby “within 10 minutes.”
Midwife Agnes Gowning said she told Dr Osasere of the falling heart rate and asked if he had heard her.
“I did not hear her say that,” he said. He said that, had he known, he would have immediately upgraded the delivery to a category 1 priority.
“That is very distressing. It still haunts me today.”