Local family receive letter of apology from HSE after daughter dies following misdiagnosis
A local family received a letter of apology from the HSE after their daughter died of ovarian cancer following a misdiagnosis.
Local teacher Antoinette Mullaney from Lis na Dara on the Carrick Road died in July 2012 several months after presenting to her GP and later Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda suffering from pain.
The 35-year-old’s stomach was bloated and by the time she was taken to A&E in the summer of 2011, she was in “excruciating pain.”
Her mum Sheelagh has opened up on the experience in recent days by talking about the matter to the media.
After being told initially to exercise and later that she was suffering from endometriosis, the 80-year-old revealed she has since received an apology from the HSE after they admitted they had “failed to make a correct diagnosis.”
n the HSE letter, dated October 13, 2014, Group General Manager of the Louth Meath Hospital Group, Margaret Swords, made an admission, that Antoinette hadn’t received the best care possible. “From my perspective, the main purpose of our meeting was to acknowledge to you that this hospital failed to make a correct diagnosis in relation to your beloved daughter, Antoinette, and failed to transfer her sooner to another hospital that could have made the diagnosis of ovarian cancer earlier.
“This undoubtedly adversely affected her opportunity for different treatment options.
“On behalf of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, I wish to unreservedly apologise to you for this failure.
“I was very moved by your courage and determination and it was a privilege to spend time with you both [Mr and Ms Mullany].”
The admission – which led to a settlement made after a mediation process – only came after Ms Mullany spent two years researching her daughter’s symptoms, treatment and death. She had compiled a dossier which she took to solicitors in a bid to fight for the truth.
“This was never about money,” Ms Mullany told The Sunday Independent.
“I wanted the truth out there.
“Antoinette was my youngest daughter, she was absolutely beautiful and so intelligent. She was let down by the system, wrongly diagnosed, which led to delays,” she said.
The Mullaney family has encouraged anyone who feels a diagnosis isn’t right to seek a second opinion.