Thursday 14 December 2017

I believe my depression drug killed my baby

When things go wrong in childbirth, every mother wants to know the truth, writes Carol Hunt, whose personal experience helps her to understand the long legal battle of Lisa McGillin

MATERNAL guilt can be a horrifying thing. It's a rare mother who can live with the belief that her actions during pregnancy caused serious and irreparable damage to her child.

Lisa McGillin, mother of eight-year-old Rebecca, who suffered injuries at birth consistent with Foetal Valproate Syndrome, understandably could not live with this guilt and fought to prove her innocence in the courts.

Last week a settlement of €500,000 was reached in her favour against two doctors involved in her care during pregnancy. It was a strange case, with neither defendant (Professor Patricia Casey and Dr Mary Holohan) admitting liability yet agreeing to cough up a hefty settlement.

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