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Mother and baby deaths at Ulster Hospital probed

By Lisa Smyth

An investigation has been launched after a woman and her newborn son died within minutes of each other at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

Cara Officer — who was 26 weeks pregnant with her second child — died on Sunday morning shortly after being taken to the Ulster Hospital by ambulance. Her son was delivered by emergency caesarean section, but died despite desperate efforts of staff at the hospital.

The 36-year-old and baby Ewan are to be buried at Movilla cemetery in Newtownards today following a joint funeral service at Westbourne Presbyterian Church in east Belfast. A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out to establish the cause of Ms Officer’s death, but it is thought she may have suffered a stroke.

A spokeswoman from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust said: “The woman was 26 weeks pregnant. She rapidly deteriorated and extensive efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. An internal review of the case is currently under way.”

A statement released through the family's minister, Rev Mervyn Gibson, said the family are “trying to come to terms” with the deaths.

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