Monday 9 December 2019

Mum gets €117,000 after swab left inside her

Sarah Daly leaves court after her award. Photo: Courtpix
Sarah Daly leaves court after her award. Photo: Courtpix

Tim Healy

A mother who sued two doctors after a swab was left inside her during the delivery of her baby has been awarded €117,000 by the High Court.

Sarah Daly (38), a marketing manager from Rathfarnham in Dublin, had sued her consultant, Valerie Donnelly, and another consultant, Charles Julian Dockeray, who managed the delivery and was standing in for Ms Donnelly on April 22, 2013, at Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said what ought to have been a very joyous occasion for Ms Daly had become something that she will live with for the rest of her life.

He said Ms Daly was entitled to be compensated for the wrongful insertion of the swab and the fact that it was not diagnosed despite her complaints for a considerable time.

She was also entitled to compensation because no internal examination took place and she was discharged from hospital after the swab had been removed without any antibiotic and she developed a significant infection.

Ms Daly was admitted to Mount Carmel on April 22, 2013 and her baby was safely delivered.

Three days later, she was in extreme pain and distress and was taken back to the hospital by her husband but no internal examination was carried out, the judge said.

On April 28, in an internal examination, the swab which was "offensive and malodorous" and the "size of a plum" was removed.

Awarding her €117,000, the judge said the swab ought not to have been left inside Ms Daly and should have been detected sooner.

Irish Independent

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