Wednesday 28 September 2016

€1.75m payment in birth case

Tim Healy

Published 06/07/2016 | 02:30

Catriona Enright, from Ballyneety, Co Limerick, at a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Photo: Collins
Catriona Enright, from Ballyneety, Co Limerick, at a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Photo: Collins

A two-year-old boy's High Court action over his birth has been settled with an interim payout of €1.75m for the next two years.

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Charlie Enright, who is severely disabled, sued the HSE through his mother, Catriona, over the standard of care provided during his birth at the Midwestern Regional Hospital, Limerick, in 2013.

Mr Justice Anthony Barr said it was a very good interim settlement and would take care of the boy's needs for the next two years.

The boy's mother was admitted to the hospital at 37 weeks on August 19, 2013, and a decision was made to induce labour after several tests had been carried out.

It was claimed that in the events which followed there was a breach of duty, with an alleged failure to provide an appropriate standard of care during the labour and up to the time of the birth on August 20.

The court heard that liability had been admitted in the case.

Charlie, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co Limerick, was 'flat' at birth and was transferred to Cork University Hospital for head cooling.

He was later transferred back to the Midwestern Regional in Limerick and discharged that September.

Irish Independent

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