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Monday, January 12th, 2015


A 68-year-old woman who was taking medication to prevent blood clots bled to death after having two of her teeth extracted, an inquest has heard.

Myosotis Julianna Moriarty died after being found unconscious in bed by her daughter on December 18, 2010, two days after her procedure.

The West Australian Coroner’s Court heard on Monday that Ms Moriarty had a history of heart disease and took warfarin, anticoagulant medication, every day to prevent blood clots forming around her prosthetic heart valve.

In her opening address, counsel assisting the coroner Kate Ellson said nothing unusual happened during Ms Moriarty’s extraction and her daughter thought she sounded okay on the phone the day after.

But paramedics could not revive her the next day when she was found unconscious with a mobile phone in her hand.

A post-mortem found Ms Moriarty died from blood loss as a result of having her teeth removed, together with valvular heart disease.

A forensic dentist also found there was no evidence of sutures or gauze packing in Ms Moriarty’s extraction sockets, and that she had blood clots consistent with extensive bleeding.

The coroner is investigating why Ms Moriarty died and whether her procedure was managed appropriately for a patient who had been taking long-term anticoagulant medication.

The inquest continues.


Henry Sapiecha


Monday, June 30th, 2014

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One baby has died and 14 others are fighting for their lives after being poisoned in neonatal care units in the UK.

A public health alert was issued by health chiefs last night after it emerged that all the newborns’ infections were caused by a contaminated batch of nutrition drip.

The children were affected at neonatal intensive care units at six different hospitals, but the infected drip is believed to have been used in 22 hospitals across the country.

Officials said that one newborn baby has died. Another 14 remain ill with blood poisoning, but were last night responding to antibiotics.

The newborns, most of whom were premature, were being fed through a tube into their bloodstream because they were too poorly to be mouth fed.

Medical regulators are investigating an incident

which occured last Thursday at a London manufacturing plant owned by ITH Pharma Ltd, affecting the liquid feed produced that day.

The contamination is believed to have been accidental rather than any act of sabotage, with the illness caused by a common bacterium known as Bacillus cereus.

All of the feeds which could be contaminated have since been recalled. Regulators said because the blood poisoning develops quickly they were not anticipating further cases,

although this could not be ruled out.

Last night paediatric doctors said the contamination was “every parent’s worst nightmare” and that urgent action must be taken to improve the safety of processes to produce such nutrition.

Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics, University of Bristol, said: “When a medicine makes patients sick, it is everyone’s worst nightmare. This contamination incident seems to have been detected quickly but, tragically, not quickly enough to save a life lost.

“Having stopped the outbreak, the next priority will be to understand how it came to happen and ensure it cannot recur.”

The first case appeared at Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Saturday and then other London hospitals began to see cases over the weekend. It was thought to have been caused by infected bedding or similar products used locally until cases began appearing elsewhere on Monday and Tuesday.

The final cases at Luton were diagnosed early yesterday and investigations soon identified the feed as the likely cause, a spokesman for Public Health England said.

Bacillus cereus is a bacteria found widely in the environment in dust, soil and vegetation. Most surfaces would be likely to test positive for its presence. Dr Susan Hill, a consultant paediatric gastroenterologist, said, “This is a life-saving treatment for babies who are born very prematurely or with a severe gut problem. Any challenge to their immune system can be life-threatening.”

The Daily Telegraph

Henry Sapiecha