Monday 16 September 2019

HSE makes apology to couple over baby's death in hospital

Finbar McElroy and Agnes McArdle outside court. Photo: Collins Courts
Finbar McElroy and Agnes McArdle outside court. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

The HSE has apologised in court to a couple for the shortcomings in care which resulted in the death of their baby son at Cavan General Hospital over eight years ago.

The apology was read out as part of the settlement of two actions for nervous shock taken by the parents of Padraig Eugene McArdle-McElroy who was delivered stillborn at the hospital.

Brian Foley BL read an apology on behalf of the HSE, the RCSI Hospital Group, and the staff and management of Cavan General, in which they expressed sincere apologies "for the shortcoming in management and care" at the time of Padraig's mother's admission in June 2009.

The statement added: "We acknowledge that those shortcomings resulted in the death of your baby son Padraig Eugene on June 28, 2009.

"We extend our sincere apologies for the distress and suffering that this has caused to both of you and your extended family."

Agnes McArdle and Finbar McElroy, of Smithborough, Co Monaghan, had sued the HSE for nervous shock arising out of the death of their baby.

It was also claimed there was a failure to ensure the foetal heartbeat would be monitored properly and continuously and that the circumstances surrounding the labour, delivery and death of Padraig had been extremely traumatic and shocking.

Speaking outside court, the parents' solicitor Shane Kennedy said: "The clock can't be put back but Padraig's parents hope no other family has to go through this traumatic loss."

Irish Independent

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