Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Irish dad forced to take dead baby in taxi for autopsy

A man was forced to take his dead child 35km in a taxi for an autopsy to be carried out, an inquest has heard.

Little Mark Molloy Jnr died just minutes after seemingly being born perfectly healthy.

He was delivered by caesarean section at the Midlands Regional Hospital, in Portlaoise, in the Republic of Ireland, in January last year.

Parents Mark and Roisin Molloy were overjoyed with the birth of their fifth son, but the baby soon developed problems and staff at the hospital began emergency treatment.

Mr Molloy waited anxiously for his son to cry while hospital staff tended to the minutes-old baby, and he also tried to keep his wife calm during the horrific ordeal, he told an inquest into the death.

After 22 minutes, the couple were told their son had died after being deprived of oxygen.

To add to their pain, they were then told they would have to transport their son's body to an autopsy in Tullamore, Co Offaly, in the back of a taxi after requests for an ambulance were rejected.

Mr Molloy also suggested his brother drive him and his son's body to the autopsy 35km away, but this was also rejected.

The inquest heard that taxis are regularly used in cases such as this one.

Mr Molloy said he felt "absolute and total shock" after his tiny son's death.

He said hospital staff never explained there was a problem, and the issue of what exactly happened has been affecting for him for the past two years.

The couple's grief was further compounded after Mark Jnr was registered as "stillborn", though this had been corrected as it was a most pressing issue for the couple, the inquest – which continues – was told.

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