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Family wants answers after young mum dies waiting nine hours for surgery at Shellharbour Hospital

Mother of two who went to hospital with a sore back died a day later after waiting NINE HOURS for emergency surgery – as her family fights for answers

  • Daniel Davey, 33, said his wife Kya waited nine hours for emergency surgery
  • The couple had been together for 10 years and married less than a year
  • Mrs Davey got a sore back after exercising on her floor
  • She went to Shellharbour hospital where doctors discovered she had a rupture in her aorta
  • She died tragically after waiting nine hours to go to another hospital for surgery

A young mother of two with a sore back died after waiting nine hours for emergency surgery, leaving her torn family to fight for answers from the hospital.

Kya Davey, 33, was doing exercises on the floor of her home when she injured her back and went to Shellharbour Hospital, two hours south of Sydney, for treatment just before 2pm in January.

Within two hours, doctors discovered she had a life-threatening rupture in her aorta, and recognized she had to go to Wollongong Hospital for surgery, just 28 minutes away.

But her husband Daniel Davey, 33, and her mother Maria Markulrc said it took Kya another seven hours to undergo that surgery and the surgery wasn’t completed until 11 hours after she was first presented at Shellharbour Hospital.

She tragically died the next day, as Mr. Davey said the time she waited for surgery denied her a chance of a fight.

Daniel Davey, 33, and his mother-in-law Maria Markulrc (pictured) demand answers after Kya Davey waits nine hours for emergency surgery

Daniel Davey, 33, and his mother-in-law Maria Markulrc (pictured) demand answers after Kya Davey waits nine hours for emergency surgery

“She would have tried so hard for the boys, but I don’t feel like they (her doctors) have tried for her,” said Mr Davey. A current matter

Five months later, he demands clarification from the hospital and has called in Shine Lawyers.

“At 3:18 p.m. they found that tear and they knew they couldn’t fix it at that hospital, so why was she still there?” he said.

Ms Markulrc said her daughter had simply been left ‘too long’ by overwhelmed hospital staff when her organs gave out.

“I miss her so much,” she said.

The family has filed a formal complaint with Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and has been given access to medical notes surrounding the case.

Beloved wife and mother Mrs Davey (pictured) had a rupture in her aorta that required urgent surgery

Beloved wife and mother Mrs Davey (pictured) had a rupture in her aorta that required urgent surgery

Among the apologies in the notes, the family was told that five pages detailing the events of that afternoon and evening were missing and had to be completed by heart by a doctor 14 weeks later.

Davey said the situation was “chaos” and that he put a brave face on the couple’s sons, Caleb and Jackson, both under 10.

Brielle Straney of Shine Lawyers said taking notes 14 weeks after treating a patient could not be considered a normal procedure and that, two years later, the Covid pandemic was no longer a valid excuse.

Last year, NSW Health paid another family from the Illawarra an undisclosed amount in compensation due to a problem at the same hospital.

The Hintze family got the money in an amicable settlement after their father passed away at Shellharbour Hospital.

The NSW Supreme Court heard that Paul Hintz needed urgent bowel surgery which, if performed earlier, would have prevented his death from septic shock.

The nearby Wollongong Hospital was previously the subject of an investigation in 2017.

In that case, three-year-old Hamza Said was taken to hospital in 2016 with a fever and vomiting, but was sent home without blood tests and instructions to give Panadol.

Days later he was readmitted after his condition did not improve and when he was finally seen by a doctor and given blood tests, it was revealed that he had sepsis and he was placed on a ventilator.

He was later transported to Randwick Children’s Hospital, where he survived.

In 2019, Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District paid the most medical malpractice compensation of all regions in NSW (Photo: Shellharbour Hospital)

In 2019, Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District paid the most medical malpractice compensation of all regions in NSW (Photo: Shellharbour Hospital)

In 2019, Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District, the department that oversees both hospitals, paid $19.95 million in taxpayer money to settle compensation claims.

A freedom of information survey by The Daily Telegraph revealed that this was the most money paid by a health district in NSW with dozens of insurance claims filed.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Health and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for comment.

STATEMENT FROM ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN LOCAL HEALTH AREA

On behalf of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, I extend our sincere condolences to Kya Davey’s family on the loss of their beloved Kya.

Senior medical specialists and the health district’s governing and management teams have spoken directly with the family to discuss their concerns and offer their sincere condolences.

The district has also apologized to the family for a delayed response to a complaint they filed with the hospital. ISLHD has conducted a thorough investigation into Kya’s presentation and concerns about her treatment.

The findings have been communicated directly to her family. The family has also been informed that they can request an independent assessment through the Healthcare Complaints Committee.

– Executive Director of Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Dr. Peter Jansen

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