What is Art For? 5 Reasons it Helps Us. Clare art exhibition to highlight maternal deaths. On September 28th, six years ago, Dhara Kivlehan died – a week after giving birth to her first child, Dior.
Dhara was 28 years old and had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia just hours before her son was delivered by Caesarean section. However, this diagnosis came too late to save her life as, according to an inquest two years ago, medical misadventure led to her death. “My wife was a strong, healthy woman full of life and hope for the future,” says her widower, Michael Kivlehan. “She had a good job, was so looking forward to being a mother and making a life for ourselves here as we hadn’t been back in Leitrim very long.
“We moved back to Ireland from London as we thought it would be a better place to raise a child – but neither of us ever imagined that a few days after he was born, she would no longer be with us.”