THE family of an Ashford mother who died months after falling into a coma following a heart attack while giving birth has settled an action for damages for €690,000.
Mother of two, 35-year-old Jennifer Crean of Rosanna Close, died on February 10 2009, only seven months after she suffered a heart attack while her second child, Daniel, was being delivered by Caesarean section at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street.
In the High Court on Wednesday, Mr. Justice larflaith O'Neill didn't hesitate in approving a settlement for €690,000 for Jennifer's husband, Francis, and their two children, Adam (11) and Daniel (4).
Speaking outside the court, Mr. Crean said he hoped another family never had to go through a similar ordeal.
'I just hope that my wife Jennifer's death was not in vain and that Holles Street have learnt some lessons from this tragedy and that new protocols are set up so this will never happen to anyone else again.'
The court heard that Mrs Crean was a diabetic and was on a long-term intravenous insulin infusion through a Hickman line. The line had to be changed regularly during her pregnancy because it became infected.
On June 30, 2008, Mrs Crean was admitted to the NMH with severe abdominal pains and sweating. She was 35 weeks pregnant at the time. By the following day, a diagnosis was made that the likely source of the sepsis was the Hickman line and she was prescribed antibiotics.
On July 2, It was decided to perform an emergency Caesarean. But, after receiving a general anaesthetic, Ms Crean had a severe cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated and transferred to Beaumont Hospital.
It was claimed the hospital failed to take note and act upon the serious risk of septicemia developing. It was also claimed that it was wholly inappropriate to induce a general anaesthetic.
Mr. Crean had sued the NMH and the case was before the court fort assessment of damages only.
He found the passing of his wife extremely shocking and suffered great emotional upset. His son Adam found his mother's vegetative state extremely difficult, while Mr. Crean also had to arrange for new born Daniel to be looked after.
A separate action saw Adam Crean awarded €40,000 for nervous shock.