Wednesday 28 September 2016

Family secure €70,000 settlement after death of baby two days after birth

Published 30/11/2015 | 17:15

Francis Flynn and Fiona Watters, parents of Jamie Flynn of Tara Court Square, Navan, Co Meath, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a High Court action for damages.Pic: Collins Courts
Francis Flynn and Fiona Watters, parents of Jamie Flynn of Tara Court Square, Navan, Co Meath, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a High Court action for damages.Pic: Collins Courts

THE family of a baby boy who died two days after his birth in hospital have secured €70,000 in settlement of their action against the HSE.

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Francis Flynn and his wife Fiona Watters sued the HSE for the mental distress and shock they suffered following the death of their son Jamie who was born at Cavan General Hospital on November 22, 2012.

Liability in the action was admitted by the HSE in July 2014.

The action was briefly mentioned in the High Court Monday (Nov 30) before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys who approved the settlement.

Jamie's parents, with an address at Tara Court Square, Navan, Co Meath had brought proceedings against the HSE arising out of what they said were the "traumatic circumstances" of their son's birth.

The action was brought as a result of the "prolonged and long-lasting grief" distress and suffering the family had suffered caused by Jamie's untimely death.

Jamie was delivered by cesarean section. However, he had no heartbeat or breath reflex.  He was resuscitated by medical staff.

Due to his serious condition,Jamie was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and was put on a ventilator.

On November 24, it was decided to switch off the ventilator and he died in the presence of his parents.

Lawyers for the family said that the protracted hearing of an inquest into Jamie's death had also added to their distress.

The judge, in directing that the monies be paid to the family, also said €5,000 of the award should be paid into court for the benefit of the couple's  younger daughter.

The couple were present in court for the ruling.

His death has been the subject of an investigation undertaken by the HSE.

An inquest last year returned a verdict of medical misadventure.

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