AN award-winning opera singer who was left severely disabled after a failure to properly diagnose the cause of her headaches will receive €310,000 towards her care needs over the next year.
Two years ago, Elaine Lennon (38) settled her action for negligence on the basis that she would get an interim payment of €2.39m.
She had sued Dr Patrick Mathuna, a GP at Castle Mill Medical Centre, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, and the HSE over her later treatment in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth.
Ms Lennon, formerly of Newhaven Bay, Balbriggan, Dublin, sued through her father, John Lennon. Liability was admitted by both defendants.
Last week, the High Court was asked to assess future care costs. Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told yesterday that the matter had been settled on the basis that Ms Lennon is to get a further €310,000 towards her care for the next year.
Ms Lennon, who can now only speak in a whisper, is wheelchair-bound and will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life because doctors failed to diagnose an infection in her brain.
She was 39 weeks pregnant at the time, in February 2007, and later gave birth to a baby girl, Claudia.