Friday 19 January 2018

Apology for failings in care of young boy

Brain damage: Eoghan Dunne
Brain damage: Eoghan Dunne
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The family of a boy who was left severely brain damaged after failures in his care has received an apology from the HSE.

Eoghan Dunne from Tullamore, Co Offaly, was 11 months old when he was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe on August 3, 2012, suffering from a fever.

He developed sepsis and suffered cardiorespiratory arrest as well as multi-organ failure which left him brain damaged and in need of round-the-clock care.

In October 2015, the Saolta Hospital Group commissioned an external systems analysis review of the care provided to the boy but his family was unaware of it until months after it was finalised and sent to his parents by registered post.

In a statement, the Saolta Group said it has apologised unreservedly and fully to the Dunne family for the failures in the care delivered to Eoghan.

The general manager of Portiuncula has also previously apologised to the family for the manner in which the internal hospital review of Eoghan's care was carried out.

A systems analysis report provided last month to the Dunne family makes 14 recommendations.

It found there was a failure to recognise sepsis and also delay in bringing the emergency to a senior decision maker.

Irish Independent

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