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Sunday 20 April 2014

Cancer patient and mother-of-five died in hospital after 'catalogue of errors', High Court hears

Sons of the late Eileen Brady Aidan Brady, and (right), Martin  Brady. Picture: Court Pix
Sons of the late Eileen Brady Aidan Brady, and (right), Martin Brady. Picture: Court Pix

A CANCER patient who was admitted to a hospital with dehydration died the next day after a "catalogue of errors," the High Court heard today.

The HSE and Cavan General Hospital today apologised in court to the family of mother of five, Eileen Brady (65), for failings on their part in her care and treatment.

Declan Buckley SC, for the HSE, read out a statement in court as the Mrs Brady's family settled an action for damages.

It stated that the apology was on behalf of both the HSE and the hospital for failings which led to Mrs Brady's "untimely death".

It added: "We apologise for the subsequent grief, hurt and stress suffered by her immediate family and her friends including her sons, daughter, brothers, sisters and grandchildren."

Her son, Martin Brady, Togher, Crosskeys, Co Cavan, on behalf of the family, sued the HSE for mental distress and damage over the provision of hospital medical care to Mrs Brady and her death in January 2010.

Bruce Antoniotti SC, for the family, told the court Mrs Brady was suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy treatment at a Dublin hospital.

She was referred to Cavan General Hospital by her GP with mouth ulcers and poor fluid intake to be treated for dehydration.

Counsel said the treatment at the hospital was ineffective as her veins had collapsed.

There were many things that could have done but her chart was not read, senior doctors were not sought on the matter and there was no liaison with the Dublin hospital where Mrs Brady was bring treated for her cancer.

There was, counsel said, a "catalogue of errors" and Mrs Brady suffered multi-organ failure.

Mrs Brady had been admitted on January 5, 2010, and died the next day.

Expert evidence he said would have said the dehydration was reversible. Liability, counsel said, was admitted in the case.

Another of Mrs Brady's sons, Aidan, read out a statement on behalf of the family to the court.

It stated the family had decided to pursue the case after there was " a lot of confusion and unanswered questions" after their mother's sudden and untimely death.

"Through our family bond and the support of our close relations we have given each other the strength to follow this issue to this conclusion today," he said.

He added. "We realise our mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer and we acknowledge the severity of this condition.

"However, she should have received the proper care that any person is entitled to instead of the inhumane treatment she received in the hours  prior to her death."

Mr Brady said he hoped Cavan Hospital and the HSE has learned from "the grave mistakes made in this case "and no other family "have to go through the trauma and distress that we have suffered."

Ms Justice Mary Irvine extended her personal sympathy to the Brady family.

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