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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Girl with cerebral palsy gets €1.9m settlement

A YOUNG girl with cerebral palsy is to receive €1.9m in partial settlement after suing for negligence in the treatment of her mother while she was pregnant.

Isabelle Sheehan (6) brought the High Court action against consultant obstetrician Dr David Corr through her mother Catherine, of Milbrook, Mallow, Co Cork.

Dr Corr was conducting a private practice from Bon Secours Maternity Hospital, Cork, at the time of Isabelle's birth in November 2004.

Last week, the court was told Dr Corr had admitted liability and apologised to the family, saying he "very much" regretted the outcome in relation to Isabelle's birth.

Dr Corr said he had made a "mistake" in not referring Mrs Sheehan to an expert in foetal medicine which had "disastrous consequences" for Isabelle and her family.

The case was adjourned to facilitate talks related to the costs of care for Isabelle. Yesterday, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill approved the settlement as "prudent and reasonable".

Irish Independent

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