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Family welcomes inquest into new mum's death at Royal Victoria Hospital

The husband of a woman who died in hospital just days after giving birth has welcomed a decision by a coroner to hold an inquest.

Indian-born Dhara Kivlehan (29) died eight days after giving birth to her son Dior.

Her Irish husband Michael Kivlehan had asked the Sligo Coroner Dr Des Moran to hold an inquest into her death after an initial refusal to do so by a coroner in Belfast.

However, Mr Kivlehan has now been told that John Leckey, the Belfast coroner, has looked at new medical reports and decided he will now hold a hearing there.

Dior was born on September 21, 2010, at Sligo General Hospital but Dhara suffered complications. She was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital four days later, where she died on September 29.

The Sligo coroner ruled against an inquest in the republic last week.

But Mr Kivhelan's solicitor Roger Murray said: "John L Leckey, wrote to confirm that he will hold an inquest in Belfast into Dhara's death. He reached this decision after reviewing independent reports, which we had commissioned from world-class medical experts, and which were recently sent to him on the family's instructions.

"The Kivlehan family are very pleased at this development."

Mr Murray said his client was "confident that his family will, at the inquest, finally obtain answers to the many burning questions which arise from the events surrounding Dhara's care in Sligo General Hospital in September 2010".

Ms Kivlehan died from multiple organ failure secondary to HELLP syndrome, considered a variant of pre-eclampsia.

A legal case against the  Republic's Health Service Executive (HSE) alleges delays in taking blood tests and in diagnosis and failing to carry out a caesarian earlier.

The HSE has lodged a defence to the claim for alleged negligence and alleged breach of duty in the High Court. It denies all the claims.

Belfast Telegraph