Friday 30 September 2016

Teenage girl left paralysed after undergoing surgery on her spine at a Dublin hospital awarded €4.8m

Published 30/07/2015 | 16:05

As a result of her spinal cord being severely damaged, Emily is paralysed from the chest down, confined to a wheelchair, and requires care and assistance.
As a result of her spinal cord being severely damaged, Emily is paralysed from the chest down, confined to a wheelchair, and requires care and assistance.

A teenage girl left paralysed after undergoing surgery on her spine at a Dublin hospital six years ago today received an apology in the High Court.

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An apology was given to Emily Casey (18) as part of a final settlement - totalling €4.8million - of  her action against Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr David Moore.

Counsel for the defendants Eoin McCullough SC offered a sincere apology to the 18 year old woman and her family for what occurred.

Today Mr Jusrtice Kevin Cross approved a further €3.1million settlement on top of an €1.75million interim payment to Emily Casey last May, bringing the final settlement figure to €4.8million.

Emily Casey, who celebrates her nineteenth birthday tomorrow claimed she suffered injury after a screw was inserted into her spinal cord during an operation at Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, to treat curvature of the spine, on December 8th 2009.

As a result of her spinal cord being severely damaged, Emily is paralysed from the chest down, confined to a wheelchair, and requires care and assistance.

Through her mother Stephanie, Nerano Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin, Emily had sued the hospital and a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr David Moore.

Emily's counsel Liam Reidy SC  said liability was admitted in the case last May.

He told the court that Emily had contracted meningitis when aged four. This resulted in ongoing health problems but she was after time able to walk with a frame and had a degree of independence.

In 2009, she was diagnosed with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine and underwent surgery on her spine at Crumlin, he said.

Her injuries were caused when a special screw, known as a pedicle screw, was wrongly inserted into her spinal cord. The screw was removed following further surgery the following day, he added.

Ms Casey remained in hospital until April 2010, when she was moved to the the National Rehabilitation Centre.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Cross said it meant that Emily would not have to got through the trauma of having to give evidence in court. He  wished the family well for the future.

Outside court Emily said she was relieved and delighted and she was looking forweard to celebrating her birthday with her parents and family.

Her mother Stephanie said it had been a long legal road but Enily wuld now have all the sercvies she required.

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