Sunday 17 December 2017

Family gets €1.4m in cerebral palsy case

THE parents of a young woman diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth spoke of their delight yesterday after they received a €1.4m settlement.

Ann and John French from Ballymitty, Co Wexford, took the High Court medical negligence action on behalf of their daughter Deborah (24) against the South Eastern Health Board and consultant obstetrician Harry Murphy.

The case was settled before Mr Justice John Quirke without any admission of liability.

The family, speaking outside the court, said: "It means we'll be able to live more comfortably and everything will be easier."

Deborah was found to have cerebral palsy shortly after she was born on August 14, 1987, in Wexford General Hospital.

Judge Quirke noted that conflicting opinions had been offered by medical experts and said the family might be at risk of "getting nothing" in a trial.

He recommended the family be given €100,000 a year for the care of Deborah.

Irish Independent

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