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Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017



Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017

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primarily a recount of the events. In that declaration he wrote: 21 "I reviewed Mrs Magriplis at 8.00am on 28 May 2015 in the High Dependency Unit. I noted she was thirsty, in pain. No cough. I noted moderate nasa-gastric bile output and a small volume of 70ml bile stained fluid in the abdominal drain overnight." 121. He wrote also about the assessment of Mrs Magriplis on admission to ICU :22 "There was a total of 150ml of bile stained fluid present in the abdominal drain since operation.." 122. Both of those statements are incorrect because to each there needs to be added the 400mls that was in the drain changed between 7.00am and 8.00am on the morning of 28 May 2015. Mr Treacy told me that it was months after the death of Mrs Magriplis that he first became aware of the 400tnl of fluid. 23 123. On 20 April 2016 Mr Treacy's lawyer responded to the expert report of Dr Mittal. The letter from the lawyer was presumably on instructions. 24 In that letter at paragraph 13, the following was stated: "There was only a very small amount of bile (70ml) in the drain that appeared within several hours of the patient returning to the ward after the operation, and was noted by Mr Treacy the following morning. There was minimal if any further bile stained fluid out of this abdominal drain thereafter. "25 124. Mr Treacy made another declaration on 6 March 2017. He did not mention that his earlier declaration and the letter from his solicitor were in error. He did not mention that he had discovered that there was 400ml of fluid changed just prior to his arrival at HDU on the morning of 28 May 2015. He did not mention that it was of such significance that if he had seen it in the 21 Paragraph 21 22 Paragraph 25 23 Transcript p.l3 7 24 Indeed it was later confirmed that paragraph 13 was written by Mr Treacy. 25 Paragraph 13

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