Thursday 29 September 2016

Botched routine operation on gland left man (32) blind

Tim Healy​

Published 04/11/2015 | 02:30

Eoin White, from Carrigaline, Co Cork, leaves court with his wife Sarah after he settled his action against the HSE. Photo: Courtpix
Eoin White, from Carrigaline, Co Cork, leaves court with his wife Sarah after he settled his action against the HSE. Photo: Courtpix

The HSE has apologised to a man who went to hospital for a routine operation but ended up blind after his optic nerve was cut.

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The apology was ready out in the High Court as part of the settlement of bar manager Eoin White's action over the gland operation at the base of his brain in October 2012 at Cork University Hospital.

Mr White, a 32-year-old father of two, from The Walk, Heron's Wood, Carrigaline, Co Cork, has no vision in his left eye and only a small amount of vision in his right eye.

Emily Egan, Senior Counsel for the HSE, read out an apology from the CEO of Cork University Hospital, JA McNamara.

It said the hospital wished "to express our sincere unreserved apology for the failings in care and for the serious injuries that they caused.

"We deeply regret the distress and trauma suffered by you and your family as a result of the loss to your vision."

Liam Reidy SC, for Mr White, told the court that during the operation on the pituitary gland, the optic nerve which was "the junction box of the eyes" was dissected and this had left him legally blind.

In a statement after the case, Mr White, who was in court with his wife Sarah, said he went into the hospital for a routine operation on his pituitary gland and when he woke up afterwards he could not see.

He said the surgeon who carried out the operation, and who no longer works at Cork University Hospital, later told him he had cut his optic nerve.

Mr White sued the HSE over the operation. Liability was admitted and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

It was claimed that the surgery was performed in a negligent manner and that there was a failure to promptly inform Mr White of what happened and why.

Irish Independent

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