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Settlement for Death after Childbirth

The family of a woman who died from internal bleeding, shortly after giving birth at the National Maternity Hospital, has been awarded almost £2m in a settlement for death after childbirth..

Taz Kenefick (36), had been admitted to the hospital to give birth in November 2004.

There were complications with the birth as Mrs Kenefick developed an infection during her labour and had a condition in which the placenta was very deeply attached to her womb.

After the birth of her son, Mrs Kenefick bled very heavily and, despite the attention of her obstetric consultant, died on the operating table.

Her husband, Kevin, sued the consultant and the hospital, alleging clinical neglect, and Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill at the High Court heard that the hospital admitted liability just two weeks ago.

Awarding almost £2m to Mr Kenefick and his two children, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neil announced that the action against the consultant was no longer going to be pursued.