Monday 5 December 2016

Woman withdraws damages action against GP she claimed 'left piece of contraceptive device in her arm'

Tim Healy

Published 23/04/2015 | 17:53

Mary Lawrence from Clondalkin, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after she withdrew her High Court action for damages. Pic: Courts Collins
Mary Lawrence from Clondalkin, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after she withdrew her High Court action for damages. Pic: Courts Collins

A woman has withdrawn a damages action against a GP in which she alleged a tiny piece of a contraceptive device was left in her arm during a procedure to remove it.

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Mother of two, Mary Lawrence (28), claimed that as a result she was unable to have a child for several years

Her case opened in the High Court today but following talks later, Mr Justice Anthony Barr was told she now acknowledged there was no negligence on the part of GP Cliona Ryan and the action could be struck out.

Ms Lawrence of  Millpark, Clondalkin, Dublin, had sued Dr Ryan, of the Primrose Gate Medical Centre, Willow Court, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

She claimed one-eighth of the wire-like contraceptive device, "Inplanon", had been left in her arm after a procedure to remove it in September 2009.

Opening the case, her counsel David Nolan, said Ms Lawrence was claiming damages for alleged negligence, the inability to conceive for a period of time and was unable to plan her family. 

Ms Lawrence, who had her first baby ten years ago, had with her husband decided to have a second child in November 2009 and as a result she attended her GP to have a contraceptive device in her arm removed.

The court heard the procedure to remove the device is a minor one under local anaesthetic.

In her action, Ms Lawrence had claimed Dr Ryan failed to ensure that the implant was fully removed and allegedly caused a tiny segment to stay in her arm.

She wished to plan her family so that her children would be close in age.

The court heard Ms Lawrence gave birth to her second child last year.

The claims were denied. Dr Ryan denied that she carried out anything other than a removal of the entire contraceptive device.

Dr Ryan also contended Ms Lawrence was advised to return one week after the minor procedure and the minor surgical wound would have  been examined.  But, it was claimed, she did not follow this advice.

After talks between the parties yesterday afternoon, Ms Lawrence's counsel told Mr Justice Barr his client was withdrawing her case.  She acknowledged that there was no negligence on the part of the doctor, counsel said.

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