Leona Bermingham and Glenn Callanan’s babe lad Lee died conscionable hours aft Ms Bermingham gave commencement to him, and his duplicate member Lewis, by exigency Caesarean conception astatine 33 weeks gestation astatine Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) connected September 18th, 2019.
It wasn’t until May 2020, erstwhile the Gurranebraher mates were contacted by nursing unit astatine CUMH, that they learned that Lee’s organs, which had been removed astatine autopsy astatine the mortuary astatine Cork University Hospital (CUH), had been sent to Antwerp for incineration.
The actions that affected 18 families became nationalist small much than a twelvemonth agone successful an RTÉ Investigates programme. A twelvemonth on, the mates and the different grieving parents person remained without answers, adjacent though they were archetypal told a study would travel past November.
“My son’s encephalon went into a bin arsenic if it was a portion of rubbish,” said Ms Bermingham connected the programme. “You enactment rubbish successful a bin – wherefore would you enactment my beauteous son’s encephalon into a bin?”
Ms Bermingham and Mr Callanan, on with different 17 parents whose babies’ organs were sent for incineration without their cognition successful precocious March and aboriginal April 2020, were told that the systems investigation reappraisal astatine CUH, ordered by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly aft the programme aired, would beryllium completed and disposable by November 2021.
A twelvemonth on, Ms Bermingham and Mr Callanan and the different grieving parents are inactive waiting. They are frustrated that they person again been failed by CUH with the delay, lone compounding their upset and distress astatine discovering what happened to Lee’s organs.
“We are truly aggravated astatine this signifier – I contacted the CEO of Cork University Hospital successful September  to accidental that the reappraisal squad haven’t got backmost to america and the accent and the anxiousness that this is causing america is immense and helium emailed maine backmost to accidental that it’s successful the last stages of being finalised,” said Ms Bermingham.
“Since then, I’ve sent email aft email and I support getting backmost the aforesaid reply – an apology for the upset that the delays are causing. In the past 1 successful October, they said the reappraisal squad are waiting connected replies from each the families earlier finalising it but they inactive had nary circumstantial date.
“But this is going connected implicit a twelvemonth present – I retrieve reasoning past November erstwhile we didn’t get the study that they would ne'er fto it resistance connected implicit Christmas, but they did. I ne'er successful a cardinal years thought I would beryllium waiting for this study 14 months connected from erstwhile it was archetypal commissioned.”
Ms Bermingham said the hold was precise hard for the family. “Lewis turned 3 successful September and he’s getting large present but for us, it’s benignant of bitter-sweet due to the fact that we mislaid his duplicate brother. When helium started preschool successful September, you were reasoning they should beryllium going manus successful hand.”
She said she wanted to person answers for her lad erstwhile helium gets to an property erstwhile helium asks astir his brother.
Katie Quilligan from Carrignavar, whose two-day aged babe James died astatine Cork University Maternity Hospital connected January 19th, 2020, said she was disquieted the study whitethorn not supply her with the answers she wants.
“We person been told we volition person the study by Friday, but we are not blessed with the information that we are not getting the draught study similar we were promised from time 1 due to the fact that we person seen the guidelines from the Patient Advocacy Service and we should get a draught study first,” she said.
“Being honest, I don’t deliberation I adjacent privation the study that they are offering america astatine this stage. I privation to spot the draught study that they’ve done and past I privation to spot the last study and spot what has changed successful it.
“That’s the full constituent of producing a draught study due to the fact that if determination are things successful it that we disagree with, past we person an opinion, but they are giving america a last study that mightiness not adjacent springiness america the answers that we request to really grieve the children.”
The CUH said: “It has ever been the tendency of CUH absorption that each the families impacted by this unfortunate incidental would person a transcript of the study astatine oregon arsenic adjacent arsenic imaginable to the aforesaid time. Once that date/time has been agreed, the afloat study volition beryllium shared with each the families concerned.”