Tuesday 20 February 2018

Boy (7) born with severe neurological and cognitive problems settles court action against Coombe Hospital for €2.15m

The Coombe Hospital
The Coombe Hospital

A seven-year-old boy who sued the Coombe Hospital in Dublin over the circumstances of his birth has settled his action €2.15m.

The High Court heard Calum Taaffe has severe neurological and cognitive problems and has been diagnosed with autism.

Calum, St Ronan's Close, Clondalkin, Dublin, through his mother Dionne Murphy, sued the Coombe as a result of the circumstances of his birth on December 26, 2007.

It was claimed there was a failure to properly monitor the baby and his mother during the course of labour and an alleged failure to properly monitor and assess a cardiotocography (CTG) trace.

The claims were denied.

Senior Counsel Bruce Antoniotti told the court Calum was flat at delivery and in poor condition.

Approving the settlement Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a very good one.

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