Death of pregnant woman at hospital to be probed by FAI

Jacqui Hunter died as a result of obstetrics complications in May 2020 but a probe will determine whether her death could have been avoided.

Death of pregnant woman at Dundee Ninewells Hospital to be probed by FAI NHS

The death of a woman taken to hospital to deliver her baby who died in utero is to be the subject of a probe.

Jacqui Hunter was pronounced dead at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee in May 2020 following obstetrics complications after it was discovered her child had died in the womb a day earlier.

The first notice of a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) has now been lodged with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

It will explore the circumstances of Ms Hunter’s death, including the care and treatment received at the hospital and nearby Lochee Medical Practice, and to establish if her death could have been avoided.

Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on death investigations at the COPFS, said: “The death of Jacqui Hunter occurred in circumstances giving rise to significant public concern and as such a discretionary fatal accident inquiry will be held.

“The lodging of the first notice enables FAI proceedings to commence under the direction of the sheriff.

“Jacqui Hunter’s family will continue to be kept informed of significant developments as court proceedings progress.”

A preliminary hearing for the FAI has been set for August 23 at Dundee Sheriff Court.

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