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HSE to pay €2.5m in damages to woman with cerebral palsy

A WHEELCHAIR-bound woman with cerebral palsy has secured €2.5m in damages against the HSE over alleged medical negligence at her birth 23 years ago.

The action was brought on behalf of Lauren Tinney who is confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or stand, has no power in her left hand and requires a great deal of care. Through her mother, Eleanor Tinney, of Lisowen Avenue, Buncrana, Co Donegal, Lauren sued the Health Service Executive over the circumstances of her birth at Letterkenny General Hospital on May 31, 1988.

Liability was not admitted and the HSE denied the claims.

The case opened last week and following talks, Mr Justice John Quirke was told yesterday that the matter had been settled. The judge approved the settlement of €2.5m.

In the action, it was claimed that due to negligence around the time of her birth, Lauren suffered severe foetal distress and asphyxiation which left her with cerebral palsy.

It was claimed there was a failure to properly monitor Lauren in the womb after her mother was admitted to hospital.

It was also claimed there was a failure to ensure she was properly supervised in the days preceding her delivery.

Irish Independent