Wednesday 20 November 2019

€750,000 for teacher who had haemorrhage after hospital brain scan error

She was running when she collapsed four years after getting all-clear

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Tim Healy

A teacher who was given the all-clear after a brain scan but collapsed four years later with a brain haemorrhage has settled a High Court action for €750,000.

An apology by the consultant radiologist was read to the court in which he acknowledged and apologised for "the failings" in respect of his care that led to the delay in diagnosis of Lorraine Duffy's inter cranial aneurysm.

Dr Ian Davidson, of Bon Secours Hospital, Galway, said: "I would like to offer my sincere sympathy and regret for the upset and harm you have suffered arising from the subarachnoid haemorrhage in May 2012."

Ms Duffy's counsel, John O'Mahony, told the court she had gone to the Galway hospital in 2008 complaining of severe headaches, particularly over her left eye. She was referred for a brain scan.

Counsel said Ms Duffy was given the all clear and it was reported as normal.

She was out running in 2012 when she collapsed and was taken to hospital.

There was, counsel said, an aneurysm in the right side of the brain which should have been identified in 2008. If it had, Ms Duffy could have gone on to have a normal life.

Counsel said it was a very tragic case and Ms Duffy now had deficits because of injuries to the brain.

It was claimed Ms Duffy presented to the hospital in April 2008. A magnetic resonance angiogram was arranged.

It was claimed it was reported upon wrongly by Dr Davidson as being normal when it showed a right middle cerebral artery aneurysm.

Ms Duffy was given the wrong diagnosis of migraine headaches to be managed with medication.

After her collapse in 2012, the matter was investigated at a Dublin hospital and Ms Duffy was found to have aneurysms.

Ms Duffy now worked part-time and would have the consequences of what happened for the rest her life, her counsel said.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross noted the settlement and said he was sure the apology was a comfort to Ms Duffy.

Ms Duffy (42), of An Creagan, Barna, Co Galway, sued the Bon Secours Hospital on Renmore Road; Bon Secours Ireland Ltd and Bon Secours Health System Ltd of College Road, Cork, which manages the Galway hospital.

She also sued Dr Davidson and Alliance Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ltd of Raheen, Co Limerick, which was involved in diagnostic imaging at the Galway hospital.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News