Sunday 21 January 2018

Retired garda died of a heart attack 20 days after he was referred to cardiologist

THE family of a retired garda sergeant who died of a heart attack 20 days after he was referred to a consultant cardiologist have settled their High Court damages action for €90,000.

Donal O'Keeffe's widow and family  claimed there was a failure by the consultant to properly diagnose him 13 years ago.

They sued for the emotional upset and trauma suffered and sustained by them over the alleged wrongful death of the 67-year-old.

The €90,000 settlement was against consultant cardiologist William Fennell who practises at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork.

Liability was denied. It was further denied Mr O'Keeffe's medical condition was not fully or properly diagnosed when he first presented in September 2001.

The case was brought by Denise O'Keeffe, Ballinaclash, Clashmore, Co Waterford, for alleged emotional upset and trauma over the death of her husband on October 18, 2001, which,  it was claimed, was caused by alleged negligence and breach of duty.

It was claimed there was a failure to properly diagnose Mr O'Keeffe, who was under Mr Fennell's care.

It was also claimed there was failure to interpret the results of tests carried out when Mr O'Keeffe was admitted to the Bon Secours  with chest pain September 29, 2001.

It was further alleged there was a failure to properly diagnose his condition at that time and his medication had been allegedly inappropriately changed.

It was also claimed there was a failure to to diagnose that Mr O'Keeffe was suffering from unstable angina.

All members of the O'Keeffe family, it was claimed, were greatly traumatised by reason of his premature death  and they had suffered greatly because  of his death.

All the claims were denied.

The court was told Mr O'Keeffe  died on his way to hospital after he attended a GP complaining of chest tightness.

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