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HSE to pay €334,000 over mum's death

A WOMAN died from a heart attack four days after she was wrongly discharged from hospital, the High Court heard.

Yesterday, Teresa O'Brien's husband, Paul, his son and stepson shared an award of €334,000 in damages arising out of her death on September 27, 2004.

Mr O'Brien, of The Green, Clara, Co Offaly, sued the HSE, which conceded liability.

Mr O'Brien sought damages along with the other dependents of the late Teresa O'Brien as a result of the negligence and breach of duty by the HSE.

Mrs O'Brien was admitted to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore on September 21, 2004.

The consultant directed that an angiogram be carried out and that Mrs O'Brien be kept in.

A senior house officer carried out stress tests and these were given to a doctor, but he did not link this with the direction that she should not be discharged until she had had an x-ray. The stress tests were also misread, counsel said.

There was evidence of cardiovascular irregularity and she died four days later, he said.

Mr Justice John Quirke approved a sum of €127,000 for her widow, €92,000 for son Daniel and €102,000 for stepson Daryl, along with a small sum each for the dead woman's two brothers and sisters.

Irish Independent