Kim Sampson’s Family Instruct Medical Negligence Lawyers To Help Establish Answers
The family of a mum who died after contracting a herpes infection shortly after giving birth have revealed their hope that an inquest will provide them with answers nearly five years after her death.
Kim Sampson, of Whitstable, died aged 29 in May 2018 after developing the infection shortly after her baby boy was delivered by caesarean section at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
Six weeks later, 32-year-old nursery nurse Samantha Mulcahy also died from an infection caused by the same virus, at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. She had also undergone a caesarean.
The hospitals are run by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
Joint inquest into East Kent Hospitals deaths
Originally it was announced that no inquest would be held into their deaths. However, at the end of 2021 it was announced there would be a joint hearing to examine how Kim, who also had a daughter, and Samantha died.
Following several pre-inquest review hearings – one of which was told it was believed that the same surgeon and midwife were involved in Kim and Samantha’s care - a full inquest into their deaths is now due to take place.
Kim Sampson's family asks lawyers to help secure answers for them at inquest
Kim’s family, including her mother Yvette Sampson, 53, have instructed expert medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help establish answers and support them through the hearing.
Expert Opinion“Approaching five years on, Yvette and the rest of the family remain devastated by Kim’s death and the incredibly tragic circumstances surrounding it.
“Understandably they have a number of concerns about the events that unfolded not only during Kim’s labour and her son’s delivery but also in the lead up to Kim’s death, and whether more could have been done to save her.
“Not knowing all of the facts about what happened to Kim has made trying to grieve for her all the harder. While nothing can make up for the hurt and pain the family are going through, the inquest is a major milestone in being able to provide Kim’s loved ones with the vital answers they deserve.
“We continue to support Kim’s family at this upsetting time as well as other families with concerns about maternity care at East Kent Hospitals. If during the course of the hearing any care issues are identified in Kim’s care, it’s vital that lessons are learned to improve patient safety.” Anna Vroobel
Family want to honour amazing mummy's memory
Yvette said: “Kim’s laughter and her smile were infectious. She was a wonderful, kind hearted and loving daughter. She was also a fantastic mum to her two children. It’s difficult to put into words the devastation and impact the loss of Kim has had on our family. It has left us absolutely heartbroken.
“I look at her children every day and, although they bring so much joy, there is also great sadness that Kim is not around to watch her children grow and see their daily achievements. It gives me such a heavy heart that Kim’s children will never get to grow up with their truly amazing mummy. Kim would be so proud of them and how they are developing. Her children will always know how much she loved them.
“While time has moved on since Kim’s death it’s stood still for our family. Kim had her life ahead of her and not knowing why she died is the hardest thing to try and come to terms with. We’d do anything to have her back in our lives but we know that’s not possible.
“I’ve fought to have this inquest because of the many questions around how Kim contracted the herpes virus and the conflicting information I feel I’ve received from the Trust.
“I know the inquest and listening to the evidence surrounding Kim’s death is going to be incredibly upsetting but it’s something we need to do to honour her memory and so that we can explain to her children when they’re older.”
Last year the Kirkup Review into maternity and neo-natal services at East Kent Hospitals was published. The review examined up to 200 cases involving mums and babies. It found 97 incidents where mums or babies had died, were injured or had suffered harm and where the outcome could have been different if they had received the care they should have.
An inquest into Kim’s and Samantha’s deaths is due to take place at the Shepway Centre in Maidstone between 27 February and 3 March.
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