Saturday 21 October 2017

Woman (20) awarded €8.5m over circumstances of her birth

Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts
Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts
Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts
Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A 20-YEAR-old woman who sued over the circumstances of her birth at Wexford General Hospital has settled her High Court action for €8.5million.

Shannon O'Farrell-Molloy, who has a brain injury, can walk and talk and has come on extremely well in recent years, the court heard.

Ms O'Farrell-Molloy, Kayle, Foulksmills, Co Wexford, through her mother, Sandra Maguire Molloy sued the HSE over the circumstances of her birth at Wexford General on July 18 1997.

The claims were denied.

Her counsel Bruce Antoniotti SC told Mr Justice Kevin Cross in the days before Shannon's delivery everything was normal.

He said it was their claim that there was an alleged failure to monitor the fetal heart beat between 8am and 9.10am on the morning the baby was delivered.

Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts
Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts

Shannon was born at 9.30 am on July 18.

Counsel said once it was discovered that something was amiss action was taken quickly and there was no criticism by his side in relation to that.

Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts
Shannon O Farrell Molloy, 20yrs, of Kayle, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday after a High Court judgement. Pic: Collins Courts

Liability was at issue in the case and a full defence was filed by the HSE, he said. 

Ms O'Farrell-Molloy was able to walk and talk and has great ambitions for herself, he said.

She has come on extremely well in last number of years and she had got devoted care from her family. 

Her mother told the court she was happy with the settlement and Shannon also said she was happy with it.

Mr Justice Cross said it was a very good settlement.

In the action, it was claimed her mother was admitted to Wexford General on the day before the birth and monitoring of the foetal heartbeat with CTG was commenced.

It was claimed that on the morning the child was born there was an alleged failure to monitor the foetal heart beat between 8am and 9.10am and there was an alleged failure to adequately or at all manage the labour and delivery.

It was further claimed the baby was allegedly delivered far too late.

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