Dr Anton van Dellen is instructed by the mothers of Kim Sampson and Samantha Mulcahy who gave birth by Caesarean section weeks apart at different hospitals that are part of the East Kent NHS Trust in 2018.
In 2019, the Coroner wrote to the two families to say that there would be no inquests as the women died of natural causes. At the that time, the Coroner believed that nothing connected the two deaths. However, documents subsequently showed the virus that infected the two women was genetically identical. The Coroner has now stated: “I am now of the view that there is reason to suspect that the infection may have arisen as a consequence of a necessary medical procedure, namely the Caesarean section, and in those circumstances, I have a statutory duty to investigate further.” There has been extensive press coverage of the two deaths: