Monday 19 March 2018

€500k award for partner of musician who died after operation

Geraldine Barry: Hospital apologised for distress caused. Photo: Courtpix
Geraldine Barry: Hospital apologised for distress caused. Photo: Courtpix

Tim Healy

A woman whose partner died weeks after an operation has been awarded over €500,000 by the High Court.

Geraldine Barry was subjected to a very traumatic event relating to the negligent care given to her partner by Mercy University Hospital in Cork, Mr Justice Anthony Barr said.

This caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a prolonged depressive disorder, he said.

Ms Barry, Lakemarsh, Church Cross, Skibbereen, Co Cork, had sued the hospital over the post-operative care of her partner Chris Sayer (70), who died in April 2010 from septic shock. She also sued for nervous shock as a result of his death.

Mr Sayer, a jazz musician who suffered from cancer, had a colon operation at the hospital on March 11, 2010. He became unwell on March 15 and developed septic shock and had further surgery on March 17.

It was claimed hospital staff did not act with due expedition in diagnosing and treating a leak.

Over the following weeks, his condition did not improve and he died on April 19, 2010.

Mercy University Hospital admitted liability over Mr Sayer's post-operative care on March 16 and 17. The case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

During the hearing, the hospital offered sincere condolences to Ms Barry and apologised for the distress.

Mr Justice Barr assessed total damages under the nervous shock claim as €289,414 and a total of €210,648 under the fatal accident claim, bringing the total to €500,063.

Irish Independent

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