Friday 23 February 2018

17-year-old with cerebral palsy gets €3.75m in court reporters

A teenage boy who suffers from cerebral palsy after alleged medical negligence during his birth has won €3.75m in a High Court settlement.

The action was taken by Sean Byrne (17) against the Health Service Executive (HSE) for alleged negligence and breach of duty during his birth at Mullingar General Hospital in March 1994.

The HSE has denied the claims and the settlement was without admission of liability.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine approved the settlement.

Suing through his mother Joan, Grange Heights, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, it was alleged the hospital failed to monitor the foetal heart adequately.

It was also alleged that there was failure to deliver Sean on time.

In addition, it was claimed that there was failure to monitor abnormal foetal heart rhythms in a cardiotocography (CTG).

And neither a consultant nor doctor with experience was called to read the foetal monitors, it was alleged.

The court also heard epilepsy was the worst part of Sean’s condition and he suffers from fits on a regular basis.

Earlier, the boy's mother, Joan, told the judge she was very happy with the settlement.

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