Friday 23 February 2018

Woman who had ovary removed as protective measure against cancer settles High Court action


Tim Healy

A woman who had her ovary removed as a protective measure against cancer has settled her High Court action against the HSE over her care.

Karen Lucey (49) ended up with excruciating pain, had to go back to hospital on several occasions, and needed further surgeries, the court heard.

Ms Lucey, a special needs assistant of Allmans Terrace, Killarney, Co Kerry, had sued the HSE over her care.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton was told that the liability was admitted in the case and it was before the court for assessment of damages only.

Following several days of hearing, Ms Lucey settled her action against on undisclosed terms.

Ms Lucey, the court heard, had an ovary removal day-case procedure at Cork University Hospital on November 30, 2011.

On December 18, she was admitted to Kerry General Hospital with severe spasmodic abdominal pain.

It was claimed she endured numerous admissions to Kerry General where she was caused to undergo a number of unnecessary invasive  surgical procedures.

On one occasion at Kerry General, it was claimed, she was sent home suggesting there was nothing wrong with her.

She told the court that while in Kerry General,  she was in agony and thought she was going to die.

She said she told a doctor: “If something is not done, I am going to die.”

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