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Auckland’s mother and baby die in childbirth tragedy, sad husband begs for investigation

Charitha Meepegama’s wife Nilakshani Silva died during childbirth, and baby Eliana died four days later.Photo / Attachment

A father who lost his wife during childbirth and a newborn daughter four days later are seeking an investigation into the sudden death.

Charitha Meepegama told the weekend proclamation exclusively that his wife Nilakshani (Nishi) Silva died shortly after undergoing an emergency caesarean section in an ambulance on Saturday morning.

The couple’s baby daughter, Eliana, was taken to Auckland Hospital, but her sad father made a painful decision to turn off life support four days later.

“I want some answers,” said Mie Pegama. “I don’t know what to do or how to move on. That’s how my life was wiped out.”

Last Friday, the couple talked about what she would look like and how she would grow as the baby was preparing to arrive at Auckland Hospital the next day. They were happy and looking forward to having “my little family”.

Charitha Meepegama's wife, Nilakshani Silva, died during childbirth, and her baby, Eliana, died four days later.Photo / Alex Burton
Charitha Meepegama’s wife, Nilakshani Silva, died during childbirth, and her baby, Eliana, died four days later.Photo / Alex Burton

“We were very excited. We were able to save all our money by buying good quality cots, prams, baby clothes, etc. We were very happy. That was the last conversation. “

After hearing “Mother Mary’s Prayer,” the couple went to bed at 10:30 pm.

An hour later, Meepegama heard her 34-year-old wife struggling to breathe.

“She was in pain and had difficulty breathing, so she called 111. An ambulance from St. John arrived after midnight and tried to put the west on the floor to help her breathe.”

IT engineer Meepegama also called Silva’s midwife and sent a text message stating that she had difficulty breathing, but the midwife did not respond.

Silva’s health deteriorated so rapidly that paramedics rushed to Auckland Hospital by ambulance. But they didn’t go far. First responders made an emergency caesarean section and found that Eliana was born in an ambulance.

Baby Eliana died four days after her birth when her father made a painful decision to turn off life support.Photo / Attachment
Baby Eliana died four days after her birth when her father made a painful decision to turn off life support.Photo / Attachment

“The doctor said Nishi died of a blood clot. I don’t understand. West was healthy and healthy and had no problems during pregnancy. The ambulance said the heart was functioning, but stopped. Baby To give birth here and there. I’m sad that I wasn’t with Nishi when she died. I was so angry that I couldn’t think of it. “

Glenn Metcalfe, Operations Manager for the St. John Oakland district, said in a statement that staff received 111 calls on Saturday at 12:30 am on a “malpractice case” on Mount Wellington. Two ambulances, two quick response units, and one manager responded.

“The crew treated two patients and transferred them to Auckland City Hospital in danger.

“For patient privacy, we cannot comment on the details of the care provided to the patient.”

The coroner’s office confirmed that Silva died Saturday at 4.58 am not far from her home on Mount Wellington.

Meepegama wonders why Silva midwives recommended natural childbirth.

“In the 38th week, Nishi requested a caesarean section from the midwife. I offered to pay it, but the midwife said no. She says “everything was normal” and only makes a caesarean section if there are complications in her pregnancy. .. “

Meepegama said the midwife was in shock.

“She didn’t apologize. She didn’t say anything. In my opinion, she told her she would be alive if she had a Caesarean section before.”

The midwife, who chose not to name the Weekend Herald, expressed her condolences but refused to comment further. It is understood that she was not an employee of Auckland Hospital.

Charitha Meepegama is seeking an answer after his wife Nilakshani Silva died during childbirth and her baby Eliana died four days later.Photo / Attachment
Charitha Meepegama is seeking an answer after his wife Nilakshani Silva died during childbirth and her baby Eliana died four days later.Photo / Attachment

Dr. Mike Shepard, Director of Provider Services at Auckland Hospital, said in a statement: For ethical and privacy reasons, we were unable to comment on individual patient care details.

“I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Niracshani’s family and baby Eliana. Condolences.

“The risk of pregnancy complications is always small. When complications occur, we understand how difficult it is for the family.

“We are conducting a study and do not want to anticipate the findings, but at this stage it seems that we are following all appropriate clinical guidelines in the care of Niracshani and baby Eliana.”

Shepherd said patient safety and quality of care are top priorities.

“If you have any questions about caring for your loved ones, we recommend that you contact us directly or contact the Health Disability Commission for an independent review.”

Nilakshani Silva was due to give birth at Auckland Hospital the next day.Photo / Attachment
Nilakshani Silva was due to give birth at Auckland Hospital the next day.Photo / Attachment

After the priest blessed Silva, Mipegama was finally able to meet the baby Eliana.

“When I saw Eliana, my heart melted and she was as beautiful as her mother. It feels like she was robbed of not being here to embrace Eliana.

“When the mother’s heart stopped, the doctor said that the brain was damaged and deprived of oxygen. The doctor said it didn’t make sense to keep her alive with a machine because the heart and brain weren’t working.

“She had all these tubes everywhere and couldn’t breathe herself, so I thought it was best for her to be with her mother.”

Meepegama met Silva in Sri Lanka in 2009 and said it was an immediate attraction.

“She has beautiful long hair, is sweet, open and reliable.”

The couple got married a year later and came to New Zealand four years ago. Silva studied abroad in New Zealand and worked as a sheet metal company administrator. They applied for permanent residence and planned to save for their new home.

Meepegama said he was “alone” now and couldn’t bear to go home.

Today, Mass is being held at the St. Therese Catholic Church on Mount Albert. Both the mother and the baby are buried together.

“I’m very angry and really worried about New Zealand’s healthcare system,” said Meepegama.

“I can’t go home, it hurts too much. I’m so angry that my life has been wiped out. They were my life, and now I have no one.”

Auckland’s mother and baby die in childbirth tragedy, sad husband begs for investigation

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