Monday 24 November 2014

Boy left disabled after birth injury settles against HSE for €325k

Published 05/03/2014 | 16:36

AN eight-year-old boy who is disabled after suffering a shoulder injury at birth has settled his damages action against the HSE for €325,000.

The High Court heard that Anthony Molloy's mother had requested a caesarean section be carried out as she knew she was carrying a very large baby, but she was told she did not need one.

The court was told too much force was applied during the birth of Anthony and he now has Erb's Palsy affecting his right shoulder.

Anthony, of Kielty, Athlone, Co Roscommon, had sued the HSE through his father, Padraig Molloy, over the care his mother Una, at the time of her pregnancy and his birth at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway in September 2005.

Mrs Molloy, who attended the hospital ante-natal clinic, expressed concerns about her condition and the size of the baby and sought advice about a caesarean section, it was claimed.

Following examination, it is claimed, she was told by a doctor her baby was of average size and and as she had two previous normal deliveries, the doctor would not consider the question of a caesarean section for her.

Anthony was born by assisted delivery on September 13, 2005 weighing 4.99kgs and was in poor condition and had to be ventilated.

Anthony suffered severe personal injuries and is handicapped and disabled as a result, it was claimed.

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