Friday 9 December 2016

Boy who suffered shoulder injury during birth settles HSE action for €650,000

Published 06/11/2015 | 17:43

L-R: Paul and Ann Murphy, parents of Rian Murphy, of Ardskeaghmore, Corofin, Tuam, Co. Galway, pictured leaving the Four Courts
L-R: Paul and Ann Murphy, parents of Rian Murphy, of Ardskeaghmore, Corofin, Tuam, Co. Galway, pictured leaving the Four Courts

A BOY who suffered a shoulder injury during his birth has settled his action against the HSE for €650,000.

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Rian Murphy (5),  the High Court heard, suffered a very severe injury in which all five of the shoulder nerves were damaged during a forceps delivery.

Denis McCullough SC, for Rian, said it was mystifying why three pulls of force had to be applied to a four pound baby.

Though his mother Ann Murphy fo Ardskeaghmore, Corofin, Tuam, Co Galway, Rian sued the HSE as a result of treatment during his birth at University College Hospital, Galway, on March 27, 2010.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to properly manage Mrs Murphy's labour  and there was an alleged failure to properly and carefully carry out the forceps delivery of the boy.

The claims were denied.

When he was born, it was noted Rian had no movement of the right arm and later had to have surgery.

Rian's father, Paul Murphy, told the court his son was a bright, happy, contented and independent young boy who was brimming with energy.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross  said it was a very good settlement and he wished Rian and his family well for the future.

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