Monday 26 September 2016

Boy (2) with severe disability sues HSE for €1.75m over standard of care provided during his birth

Tim Healy

Published 05/07/2016 | 17:03

Catriona Enright, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick pictured arriving at the Four Courts for a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Pic:Collins Courts
Catriona Enright, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick pictured arriving at the Four Courts for a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Pic:Collins Courts
Catriona Enright, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Pic:Collins Courts

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

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Charlie Enright, who is severely disabled, sued the HSE, through his mother Catriona, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co Limerick, 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 it will take care of the boy's needs for the next two years.

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

It was alleged there was a belated recognition of foetal distress as well as an alleged mis-interpreting of cardiotocography (CTG) tracing.

Catriona Enright, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Pic:Collins Courts
Catriona Enright, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for a High Court action for damages on behalf of her son, Charlie. Pic:Collins Courts

It was further claimed there was a failure to supervise the delivery of the baby either adequately or at all and that hyper-simulation was caused by the continued infusion of the labour inducing drug, syntocinon.

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

Charlie was flat at birth and and was transferred to Cork University Hospital for head cooling.

An MRI scan showed evidence of intra-cranial haemorrhage.

He was later transferred back to the Midwestern Regional in Limerick and discharged home at the end of September 2013.

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