Sunday 22 September 2019

Court approves €3m settlement for girl with cerebral palsy

‘One in a million’: Orlaith Sweetman-Healy, from Inchicore, Dublin, with her parents, Cathie and Jim, outside the Four Courts. Photo: collins
‘One in a million’: Orlaith Sweetman-Healy, from Inchicore, Dublin, with her parents, Cathie and Jim, outside the Four Courts. Photo: collins

Tim Healy

The High Court has approved a €3m settlement for a girl with cerebral palsy who alleged negligence in the circumstances of her delivery at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH).

The hospital had strongly disputed liability for the injuries suffered by Orlaith Sweetman-Healy in 2006 and contended the damage suffered by her was a result of a foetal stroke for which it could not be held responsible. The settlement was without admission of liability.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he had "no hesitation" approving the offer as the case had "a whole lot of difficulties".

Cathie Sweetman-Healy, Orlaith's mother, told the judge she understood the risks of proceeding with the case and was happy to accept the offer on behalf of her daughter, whom she described as "one in a million". The money will be put towards buying a new house suitable to Orlaith's needs and care assistance.

She said she was grateful for the support of their families.

Irish Independent

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