Temple Street Children's Hospital apologises to boy (7) in court settlement
TEMPLE Street Children's Hospital in Dublin has apologised to a seven-year-old boy who allegedly suffered brain damage while being monitored for a low blood sugar condition as a newborn baby.
Luke Yore was discovered by a nurse washing her hands near his cot to be in cardiac arrest and had to resuscitated, the High Court heard.
Luke settled his action today against Temple Street Hospital with an interim pay out of €1million to be made to him for the next eight years.
In the apology, Temple Street chief executive, Mona Baker, said she wished to express "our sincere apologies for the failings that caused the injuries to Luke and the consequential trauma" experienced him and his family.
Luke, through his mother Margaret, of Maghera, Virginia, Co Cavan, sued the Children's University Hospital at Temple Street.
It was claimed there was an alleged failure to properly manage him while under the care of the hospital. There was an alleged failure to attach a monitor and to ensure it was working.
There was also an alleged failure to ensure that nursing staff constantly monitored Luke.
The hospital admitted failings in relation to the monitoring machine but claimed the cause of the boy's injuries was his low blood sugar condition.
Senior Counsel Bruce Antioniotti, for the family, said Luke was born in Cavan General Hospital on August 10,2007.
He weighed 4.95 kg at birth and was admitted to the neo-natal special care unit. His blood sugars were monitored and he required intravenous dextrose infusion .
He appeared to have symptoms of hypoglycemia and was transferred to Temple Street.
There, his hypoglycemia was controlled by giving him glucose intravenously and through oral feeds.
Counsel said at 2.40am baby Luke was found in a distressed state and grunting by a nurse who happened to be washing her hands near his cot.
Luke was in cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.
Counsel said it is not known how long the baby's heart was stopped but he suffered neurological damage and now has mild to moderate cerebral palsy which has left him with memory and speech difficulties.
Counsel said Luke attended mainstream school and loved to ride horses and play gaelic football.
His mother, Margaret Yore, said the family now wanted to look forward and to give Luke every opportunity in life.
Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Michael Moriarty also ordered the payout of €1,000 so Luke could have a treat.
"Maybe tickets to an All Ireland football final or something like that," the judge said.