The husband of a woman who died hours after giving birth has told her inquest that he will never forget the "shimmering glow" in his wife's eyes after their first child was delivered.

Nayya Ul Hassan, 28, died soon afterwards, while undergoing surgery to remove placenta.

She had given birth to a baby girl at Mayo University Hospital in September of last year.

Her husband Ayaz Ul Hassan told Coroner Pat O’Connor that he had been concerned about a "sudden gush" of blood onto her bed linen after the birth.

He said that the volume of blood seemed substantial to him but attending medics did not seem to be overly concerned by it.

In his deposition to the hearing before the Coroners Court, Mr Ul Hussan said that when their baby was moved to the incubator, the couple were told that the placenta was not yet delivered.

He said he was informed his wife would be brought to the operating theatre and it would only take 30 to 40 minutes to remove the placenta, and that she would be back shortly afterwards.

Mr Ul Hassan said the amount of communication he received while she was in theatre was limited.

On the first occasion, he was told not to worry that everything was going to plan and that the placenta had been removed.

The next time he was spoken to, he was again told that everything was fine.

"The next communication I received was five minutes later, when I was told that she had deteriorated and that the team was attempting to resuscitate her.

"They continued to attempt resuscitation, but it proved impossible to bring her back.

"Never for a moment did I expect that we would go into hospital to have a baby and that those would be the last moments with my wife.

"Now we will never be able to hear her voice or see her again. My daughter never got a chance to meet her mother, she will never be able to feel her mother, she’ll never know the love of her mother."

Conor Halpin, Senior Counsel for the HSE, put it to Mr Ul Hassan that doctors and nurses would tell the inquest they did not recall pooling of blood at any time.

However, replying to his solicitor, Mr Ul Hassan said blood had been trickling down the right hand side of the bed and had pooled up.

A retired midwife gave evidence that there was no blood on the floor.

Evidence was given today that Mrs Ul Hassan suffered a cardiac arrest in theatre during surgery to remove the placenta after developing ventricular fibrillation.

The hearing is continuing.