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Family FAI plea over Lesley Cowie death

Relatives of a woman who died after giving birth at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital have said an inquiry would be a "failure" if no lessons were learned.

Lesley Cowie, 31, died after suffering internal bleeding following the birth of her daughter in 2007.

A fatal accident inquiry has now concluded at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Peter Hammond - who called the case a "tragic and complicated matter" - is expected to publish his determination later this year.

Mrs Cowie's health deteriorated a few days after giving birth to Grace.

She suffered internal bleeding and cardiac arrest during which her heart stopped for 45 minutes.

'Take for granted'

She under went surgery for an abdominal haemorrhage and was put on a life support machine before she died.

A post-mortem examination later revealed that the haemorrhage was linked to a form of benign liver tumour.

Solicitor Robert McDonald made 11 submissions on behalf of the family detailing "reasonable precautions" they claim could have prevented Mrs Cowie's death.

Her husband Christopher Cowie said after the hearing: "It is heartbreaking that Lesley never got the chance to take her first-born home from the maternity hospital or to hear her first words, watch her take her first steps or to celebrate her first birthday with her - all the things in life that are so precious but that most of us take for granted.

"It is our opinion that if no lessons can be learned from what happened to Lesley, then this inquiry must be considered a failure."

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