Friday 18 August 2017

Boy who previously received €2.2m in High Court settlement over the circumstances of his birth is to get another €450,000

Adam was born by emergency Caesarean section when his mother was 28 weeks pregnant.
Adam was born by emergency Caesarean section when his mother was 28 weeks pregnant.

Tim Healy

A BOY who previously received €2.2m in a High Court settlement over the circumstances of his birth is to get another €450,000 towards his care.

The latest payout to Adam Aylward (11), who has cerebral palsy, is towards his care for the next three years.

Adam, through his mother Deirdre, of Knocktopher, Co Kilkenny, had sued the HSE alleging negligence in the circumstances of his birth on December 5, 2003, at Waterford Regional Hospital.

Adam was born by emergency Caesarean section when his mother was 28 weeks pregnant and, among various claims, it was alleged the decision to perform the emergency Caesarean was negligent

It was also alleged the sodium level of the child’s blood had dropped unnoticed, endangering the development of brain cells.

In 2013 a High Court judge ruled  a doctor’s diagnosis of abruption, which led to the decision to perform the Caesarean procedure, was, on the balance of probabilities, wrong.

Approving the latest settlement Tuesday (July 7), Mr Justice Kevin Cross wished Adam and his family well for the future.

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