Sunday 25 February 2018

Man (20) with cerebral palsey awarded €1.1m over care at birth

The Four Courts, Dublin
The Four Courts, Dublin

A 20-YEAR-old man who has cerebral palsy has settled for €1.1million his High Court action over his care at the time before his birth at Erinville Hospital, Cork.

Aaron Sweeney from O'Callaghan’s Park, Kanturk, Co Cork, through his mother Kathleen Sweeney,  sued the Southern Health Board and consultant gynaecologist Edgar Ritchie of Killarney, Co Kerry, as a result of his care around the time of his birth at the Erinville Hospital, Cork, on December 4. 1995.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to procure the early expeditious and timely delivery of Aaron and that the baby was allegedly caused prior to his birth to be confined in a womb in where there was insufficient amniotic fluid.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to a take any or any adequate action during labour and the pregnancy was allowed to proceed to spontaneous delivery.

The claims were denied.

Counsel for Aaron said he has cerebral palsy and when born he had a respiratory distress syndrome. He said he he was a happy young man who had completed his Leaving Cert.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Kevin Cross wished Aaron well for the future and said he hoped the settlement would benefit him.

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