The husband of a woman who committed suicide within two days of her third child accused the hospital of blaming her for tragedy.
Raysquin, 33, died of suicide early on October 11, 2018 at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital (RJMH) in Belfast.
Her death occurred just hours after she admitted to family and hospital staff that she had made three suicide attempts within a week before her daughter Meave was born.
Her husband, Ciaran, said on the first day of her investigation:
“I know my wife is still alive today if she receives the proper and necessary care she expects.
So I struggle every day to face his death. “
Quinn cried, describing his wife as a “very beautiful woman.”
He goes on to say:
“He was very contagious and had incredible wit and humor.
“Other than that, she was the finest woman. She took care of me. She confirmed that I was okay, and before that she confirmed that everyone was okay. Was the sweetest and most devoted mother a child could ask for.
“I see my child’s eye pain and pain every day without seeing it. I’m doing my best as a father, but that’s not enough.
“So the void we leave in our lives by losing Orice is huge and will never be filled.”
Quinn’s mother, Shioban Graham, also gave a stern assessment of her daughter’s care and the subsequent investigation of her death by the Belfast Trust.
Giving evidence, Graham said she had worked with a woman at risk of postpartum psychosis, and of those who expressed suicidal ideation through her work with women’s assistance. Therefore, it is important to have an appropriate risk assessment. She said she expected the mental health team involved in her daughter’s assessment to talk to her, but that didn’t happen.
She told the investigation that if a doctor was told that postpartum psychosis could not be ruled out, she would “never abandon her within a million years.”
Graham told the investigation that he attended an “informal meeting” with the Foundation after his daughter’s death and saw “waiting for surveillance” as recommended in a security plan developed after a psychiatric evaluation. ..
“I thought I would be put in jail if I came up with such a safety plan for a suicide woman using my service,” he said.
“Where was Meabh’s care plan and where was the social welfare involvement?”
He continued. “When someone tells me that they are committing suicide, there is a basic suicide consciousness that I would face serious problems if I do not do a risk assessment.
“Especially around the children who issued this statement, there are protective concerns that need to be communicated.
“One of my criticisms of this was that my grandchildren were considerably deprived of everything, including reports of serious adverse events made by trust.”
According to the survey, Meabh was planning a Caesarean section on the morning of October 9, 2018.
The next day, Quinn said his wife’s behavior changed suddenly and described her as “owning.”
“I was asking Orrice to lie down on his bed because he looked so tired,” she said.
“Orice put his head on his pillow, but he got up quickly. The next thing that happened with Orlaith’s words, actions, and actions was something I hadn’t seen in the 17 years I was with Orlaith. bottom.
“Orlaith was crazy, out of control, loud, illogical, unreasonable, angry, upset, and physically quivering.”
Quinn said his wife had told MiEV that “something was wrong” and that he had tried to commit suicide three times five days ago and lost consciousness on the last attempt.
Three mothers, civil servants and living in Dan Marie, said their daughter had suffered brain damage during an attempted suicide.
Quinn said Meave needed a wheelchair, her children weren’t suitable for her as a mother, and police would arrest her and go to jail for the harm she did.
She then repeatedly commented on her mother and midwife Laura Ferrecol, expressing her desire to jump out of the hospital window and feeling “out of the body.”
Graham told staff that she believed her daughter was suffering from postpartum psychosis.
She confirmed that her baby was healthy and asked her doctor to see Meave in front of her daughter and perform a psychological evaluation.
However, Quinn, who testified in the survey, said the performance of the psychiatric nurses being evaluated was “terrible to say the least.”
He said his voice was “confused” and “as if he had barely heard”, that is, Orice “repeated his answer.”
“We strongly believe that this has caused Orlaith to lose confidence in these experts, the evaluation process, and the ability to develop it,” he explained. “As far as I can see, the evaluation has made many mistakes. Orlaith has interrupted the answer to his question at least four times.
“When the staff tried to enter the room, the door kept opening. At some point, the staff came to get a bottle of water in the middle of the room, and Orlaith stopped altogether.
“I found my wife visibly angry and upset because of this. The lower lip of Orice was always shivering … it didn’t look good.”
During the assessment, Quinn also told the mental health assessment team that he would not be able to sleep in the weeks prior to the caesarean section.
“She told them … she couldn’t sleep, crawl downstairs in our living room, crying, sweating, worried, and feeling extreme mental distress,” Quinn continued. I did.
He reiterated that he hid the degree of difficulty, such as sleep difficulties, and felt better when the baby was born, even though he noticed that his wife had withdrawn before the birth of his third child.
The psychiatric evaluation team, who saw Orrice revealing an attempted suicide in a hearing yesterday, did not believe he was “dangerous to himself,” and postpartum psychosis was “not excluded.” It became clear that he thought he was suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. ..
As a result of the investigation, it was said that there was no one going in and out of the nurse’s room near the exit of the ward, but I decided to move it to the next room.
Quinn wanted to spend the night here to support his wife, so he was given a reclining chair, pillows and blankets.
According to the investigation, he was not there to monitor his wife and ensure his wife’s safety.
The court heard that Mr. Quinn and his wife had agreed to change their evening diet, and woke up at 1:38 am to meet Mr. Quinn’s breast-fed Meave.
He woke up again at 3:25 in the morning and soon realized that his wife was missing and warned the staff before going looking for his wife who had forgotten her slippers and dressing gown.
“I knew in my heart that it wasn’t true,” he said.
She made 17 crazy calls to Quinn’s phone and explained that she accompanied the guards as she drove through the hospital grounds.
Miss Quinn was later found dead in the hallway from the ward where she disappeared.
Quinn also told the study that he had not received information about postpartum psychosis, including an increased risk of suicide, after a previous assessment of his mental health.
She sobbed because she told the court that she would “never sleep” if it was revealed to her.
“I stood at the door to watch over him and never leave him,” she said.
Ferrecol, who became a new midwife in October 2018 and has never met a patient with postpartum psychosis, commented on the care plan implemented after the psychiatric evaluation. ..
She thought that “careful follow-up” required a “higher level of observation,” but said this would not be possible without dedicated staff while Quinn was in the next room. ..
“You really want it to be personalized care, but it wasn’t stated, and it wasn’t planned,” she said.
However, Felekoğlu said Quinn seemed calm throughout the interview, even while explaining her attempted suicide under investigation.
Shauna Torney, a Group 6 midwife who worked when Quinn’s mental health crisis came to light, also provided evidence of the investigation, explaining that education on postpartum psychosis during training was limited.
He also explained that he had not received any further training on “mental health issues, especially postpartum psychosis” since Quinn’s death.
Postpartum psychosis is a medicine with various symptoms such as severe depression and mania, rapid mood changes, excitement and restlessness, insomnia, delusions, abnormal behavior, suicidal ideation, and the impression of being in a dream world. It is considered an emergency.
Symptoms of postpartum psychosis often begin suddenly, often hours or days after birth. Treatment is usually in the hospital and may take the form of dosing, psychotherapy, or electroconvulsive therapy. It is possible to fully recover from postpartum psychosis, but it can take up to 12 months.
Investigations continue today at Belfast’s Lagan Side Court.
If you or your loved one is affected by any of the issues in this article, please contact Samaritans for free at 116123 or Lifeline 08088088000.