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Hospital apologises for mother’s death after caesarean section

Posted in: Birth Injury Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Elizabeth Maddocks died less than 24 hours after undergoing a caesarean section during the birth of her daughter.  Mrs Maddocks, from Wrexham, was not administered with blood-thinning medication for a prolonged period after the operation.  It took hospital staff 12 hours to provide her with the blood-thinning medication, resulting in her suffering deep vein thrombosis despite her frequent complaints of a swollen leg.

Mrs Maddocks died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in February of last year despite her multiple complaints to hospital staff.  An inquest concerning the death heard that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had compiled a report that presented numerous recommendations following the case.  Assistant coroner David Lewis, however, said that he was unable to state for certain that these recommendations had been applied since the death of Mrs Maddocks last year.

“Her death could have been avoided”

Hospital bosses said that they were “very sorry”, but shortly after the inquest Mrs Maddock’s family released a statement through their solicitor, saying: “Amy and Oliver have lost their mum. Lily will never know her mother.  Had Liz received the proper care, her death could have been avoided”. 

Mr Lewis said that he plans to write to health officials, highlighting his concerns and demanding a response regarding what lessons had been learned from the accident.  The health board said that they are waiting to hear the coroner’s comments, and can assure that all issues will be fully addressed. 

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