Sunday 25 August 2019

Girl (14) injured at birth wins €9m more from HSE

Mary and Kevin Conroy outside court yesterday
Mary and Kevin Conroy outside court yesterday

Tim Healy

A 14-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy as a result of injuries caused at her birth has settled her High Court action, with a final payment of €9m.

It brings to €11.6m the amount paid to Roisin Conroy who, two years ago, received an apology from the HSE and the consultant obstetrician who treated her, as she settled her case with an interim payment of €2.6m.

Roisin can communicate only with her eyes and is permanently disabled. She has dyskinetic cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair to get around. Through her mother, Mary Conroy of Dysart, Portlaoise, Laois, she sued the HSE and a consultant obstetrician, Dr John P Corristine, attached to Portlaoise General Hospital, now the Midland Regional Hospital.

The action was brought as a result of injuries sustained at Roisin's birth on November 14, 2001.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross yesterday said the final settlement was a very good one and it would look after Roisin's needs for the rest of her life.

Outside court, her father, Kevin Conroy, said while it was a very large settlement, it only reflected the catastrophic injuries suffered by Roisin and the complex needs she must endure.

"Thankfully, Roisin's care is now secure for life and, for that, we are very grateful," he said. "Obviously, like all other parents, this is the last place in the world you would want to be, but we are and we must move on."

Two years ago, the court heard an apology read by counsel for the HSE and Dr Corristine. Roisin's mother, the court heard, was a private patient of Dr Corristine. On November 10, 2001, she attended the hospital when she thought her membranes had ruptured. She was reassured and discharged home, but three days later she attended Dr Corristine's clinic and, following an ultrasound, she insisted she be admitted to hospital.

Senior Counsel Denis McCullough said a foetal heart monitor was begun after Dr Corristine examined Mrs Conroy, but there was no recording of contractions. It was also claimed Mrs Conroy did not see the consultant again at the labour or the birth.

Dr Corristine claimed he had given over care of the patient to another consultant.

Irish Independent

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