An inquest into the death of a 73-year-old mother of four has recorded a verdict of medical misadventure.
Maureen Adair from Trim, Co Meath died at Connolly Hospital in Dublin on 23 January 2016.
The inquest found the cause of death was multi-organ failure due to sepsis.
Mrs Adair was admitted to the hospital on 5 January for bowel cancer surgery.
Doctors had been hopeful it would be a curative procedure.
The inquest heard that after surgery, Mrs Adair was subsequently transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for monitoring.
She was returned to the ward but 13 days after the operation began to deteriorate and returned to the ICU.
The inquest heard that on 18 January it appeared that she had developed sepsis, a blood infection.
Mrs Adair had further surgery on 20 January.
She died on 23 January 2016 at the hospital.
Michelle Adair, one of her daughter's told the inquest that her mother had been a healthy woman, full of life and had many years left.
She said that after her death, the family had lost its heartbeat and had come to the inquest to fight for the truth.
Ms Adair said that her mother was born in Belfast and had been loved by all, family and friends.
Dublin Coroner, Dr Myra Cullinane said the verdict was a neutral finding and not a finding of medical negligence.
She also said the hospital had introduced continuous medical learning for staff on the recognition of sepsis.