Mrs. Macklin said he took his Warfarin tablet around 6 p.m., but an hour later, she found him “very still” in the bed and rang an ambulance. The emergency crew spent around 20 minutes working to get a heartbeat and brought him to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where, shortly after midnight, his life support machine was switched off.
A post mortem concluded that Macklin, who had a number of underlying medical complaints, had died from a subdureal hemorrhage. Mrs. Macklin told her solicitor Jim Wallace at the inquest that she believed an ambulance should have been called when they were in the MIU to facilitate a transfer to Our Lady of Lourdes so that a CT scan could have been carried out.
The emergency doctor on call said Mr. Macklin had not lost consciousness and added that he didn't think Macklin, who had a history of falls in the year before his death, needed a CT scan, which could have been done at the weekends in the Lourdes.
But since his death, it had been decided by doctors working in emergency care in the county to order CT scans for those over 65 and/or on Warfarin who present with a head injury as a result of this tragedy.
Gay Adoption Set for North
THE Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NICHR) welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling that paves the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in Northern Ireland.
At present a single gay or lesbian person can adopt children in the North, but a couple in a civil partnership cannot.
The NIHRC said the ruling would bring the North into line with the rest of the U.K.
Moves to allow gay couples to adopt had been on hold while the court heard an appeal from Stormont's health minister.
Edwin Poots had brought the legal challenge after an earlier decision by Belfast High Court that ruled the current adoption ban on gay and lesbian couples was unlawful.
Lord Justice Girvan said the department of health had put forward "no justification to exclude same sex couples as parties eligible to adopt as a couple."
He also said that there was no proper explanation why same sex partners were deemed ineligible once they publicly cement their relationship.
"This cannot provide a rational basis or justification for the differential treatment of those in a civil partnership compared to same sex couples outside a civil partnership," he said.
The challenge to existing legislation was mounted by the NIHRC. The commission was backed by an unidentified lesbian woman who wants to be able to adopt her partner's biological child.
The women, who have been in a relationship for four years, also wish to enter a civil partnership.
Unmarried couples in England, Scotland and Wales can apply jointly to be considered for adoption, irrespective of sexual orientation.
But anyone unmarried in Northern Ireland is currently only eligible for consideration as an individual.
Those in civil partnerships cannot apply either individually or as a couple.
NIHRC chief commissioner, Professor Michael O'Flaherty, said, "For children who are in need of a family in Northern Ireland, the importance of this case in widening the pool of prospective parents cannot be overstated."
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