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First Inquest In Northern Ireland Into Death Of A Stillborn Baby

STEWARTS SOLICITORS ACT IN FIRST INQUEST IN NORTHERN IRELAND INTO DEATH OF A STILLBORN BABY   Cara Officer died of a rare blood disorder called TTP in June 2011, having been diagnosed at the Ulster Hospital a few days before her death with a migraine. Her unborn baby Ewan also died. On 17th January 2014, in his Verdict following an Inquest into their deaths, John Leckey (Senior Coroner for Northern Ireland) found that there were a number of missed opportunities, in the weeks leading up to Cara’s death, to have taken a blood sample from her. TTP would have been diagnosed if a blood sample had been taken and tested. A blood test could ultimately have saved the lives of Cara and Ewan.   Up until late 2013 it was believed that the Coroner did not have the power to carry out an Inquest into the death of an unborn baby. The Court of Appeal Judgment in November 2013 into the death of stillborn baby Axel Desmond held that the Coroner did have the power to do so. This Judgment came in time to allow the Inquest into Cara’s death to be widened to include an Inquest into Ewan’s death.   Stewarts Solicitors represented the family of Cara and Ewan.

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