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Not good enough Partner of suspected sepsis victim who died after giving birth says family need answers

Karen McEvoy (24) died of suspected sepsis on Christmas Day 2018 - just one week after giving birth to her third child

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Karen McEvoy

Karen McEvoy

Karen McEvoy

The partner of a young mother who died of suspected sepsis on Christmas Day nearly three years ago has said he still has no HSE review of how the tragedy happened.

Barry Kelly (28), of Blessington, Co Wicklow, lost his partner, Karen McEvoy (24), on December 25, 2018, only a week after she gave birth to their youngest child.

He now cares for their three children, Toby (5), Jake (3) and two-year-old Ruby. Karen, originally from Tallaght, Dublin, died in Naas General Hospital, Co Kildare, after giving birth to Ruby on December 18 at the Coombe Hospital.

Mr Kelly said a promised review of the case by the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group has not been completed, despite a pledge on the first anniversary of her death.

"We still don't know how or why she died. This is not good enough - we deserve answers," he said.

Ms McEvoy had a normal birth in the Coombe and was discharged the next day, December 19, when blood tests were taken.

This was followed by a postnatal appointment two days later and a further visit to the Coombe on December 23 for the baby's heel prick test.

However, Ms McEvoy was feeling ill with flu-like symptoms that day. While in the hospital, she attended A&E where a urine test was taken.

She was told it might be sciatica, and if the pain got worse to go to Tallaght Hospital for an X-ray.

However, her condition did not improve, and on Christmas morning her speech was slurred and her hands, face and legs were swollen. She was taken to Naas Hospital

She was treated with antibiotics but had a cardiac arrest while undergoing intubation.

Staff tried to save her, but she died within 40 minutes. The Dublin Midlands Hospital group did not respond to queries on the report.

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