Friday 20 July 2018

Settlement for Skye (6) rises to €3.8m

Skye’s mother, Colleen Worthington, was praised by the judge for the care she provides for her daughter. Photo: Collins Courts
Skye’s mother, Colleen Worthington, was praised by the judge for the care she provides for her daughter. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A young girl who suffered brain damage during birth has secured a further interim payment under a settlement of her action against the HSE, increasing to more than €3.8m her damages to date.

President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, paid warm tribute to Skye Worthington's mother Colleen for her "admirable" care for her daughter - including moving from Kerry to Co Cork to be close to the Enable Ireland school the child attends.

The judge expressed hope that, when the family return to court for further assessment of Skye's care needs in three years' time, it would be their last such visit.

He called for commencement of legislation to ensure the lifelong care needs of catastrophically injured people are met.

More than six years after the legislation was recommended, it was passed into law last November but has still to be commenced by the Health Minister, he noted.

Skye (6) has dystonic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cannot speak.

When the case settled in 2015, Kerry General Hospital, Tralee, apologised unreservedly before the court to Skye.

Irish Independent

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