Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hospital in €2.5m payout over misdiagnosis of boy

University Hospital Waterford
University Hospital Waterford

Tim Healy

An interim settlement of €2.5m has been approved by the High Court after a boy, now aged six, was left brain-damaged when doctors misdiagnosed a chicken pox infection.

University Hospital Waterford, where Eoghan Keating was treated just before his second birthday, also apologised for deficiencies in the boy's care.

His parents Martina and Larry acknowledged the hospital's apology, but said the price their son had paid was too high.

Through his mother, Martina Keating, of Upper Dunhill, Co Waterford, Eoghan sued the HSE over the care he received when he was brought to A&E.

His counsel told the High Court there was a profound misdiagnosis with mumps when he had infectious chicken pox.

Ms Keating described her child as an affectionate toddler before the misdiagnosis, four years ago.

"He was an energetic, fun-loving toddler and very sociable and he loved nothing more than giving hugs to everyone. It would have meant everything to us to see him grow into a young man, fall in love and eventually form a loving family of his own.

"Unfortunately for Eoghan, this is now not to be," she said.

"We grieve every day for the life Eoghan has lost but we know we are blessed to still have him with us."

The family would return the settlement "if it would miraculously enable Eoghan to be pain-free and carefree" once more.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross told the Keatings: "Your suffering cannot be described or defined."

It was claimed that in 2012 Eoghan was sent home from hospital after his parents were advised he had the mumps.

His condition deteriorated and, after being examined by an on-call GP, he returned to the hospital as an urgent case.

Irish Independent

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