Saturday 21 April 2018

Disabled boy gets €1.35m settlement

Grace Kearney, whose son Mark was left with brain damage
Grace Kearney, whose son Mark was left with brain damage

Tim Healy

A six-year-old boy who is brain damaged and blind has settled his High Court action over the circumstances of his birth with an interim payout of €1.35m.

Mark Kearney-Clifford from Ballylickey, Bantry, Co Cork, cannot speak, suffers seizures every day and requires 24-hour care, the court heard.

Approving the settlement for the next three years, Mr Justice Kevin Cross praised the boy's parents and extended family for the care they have given him.

Mark, through his mother Grace Kearney, sued the HSE over the circumstances of his birth at Cork University Maternity Hospital on March 13, 2010.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to perform a caesarean section in sufficient time to prevent the baby from suffering from hypoxic- ischaemic encephalopathy.

There was also an alleged failure to ensure the baby received an adequate, proper and prompt delivery.

The court heard that his family, with the help of the Jack and Jill Foundation, have taken care of him for the last six years along with limited help from the HSE.

Grace Kearney told the court she was grateful for the advice from her legal team and the family felt relief that the legal proceedings were now over.

Mr Justice Cross said it was a very good settlement and would be beneficial to Mark.

Irish Independent

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