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Sarah McFeely (4) with her parents Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun. Photo: Courtpix

Sarah McFeely (4) with her parents Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun. Photo: Courtpix

Sarah McFeely (4) with her parents Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun. Photo: Courtpix

A FOUR-year-old girl who is severely disabled and has cerebral palsy has settled her High Court action for damages against the HSE with an interim payment of €1.3m.

Sarah McFeely sued for negligence arising out the treatment of her mother's pregnancy and her birth at Letterkenny General Hospital, Co Donegal, on September 28, 2008.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan was told the settlement involved €1.3m. The case will come back before the court in three years' time to assess future needs.

Sarah had sued the HSE through her mother, Bronagh Colhoun, of Cill Grein, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, for negligence.

It is claimed that Ms Colhoun went in to labour on September 27, 2008, and arrived at Letterkenny General where she was seen by a midwife and and examination was later carried out.

The drug syntocinon, which is used to induce labour, was administered at 2.30pm and at 4pm a CTG scan of the baby showed a marked change in character and it was claimed there was hyperstimulation. A doctor advised the discontinuance of syntocinon. An epidural was requested and given at around 6pm and the syntocinon recommenced.

It was claimed the epidural was not fully effective and the mother continued to be distressed by pain. It was further claimed that despite this the rate of syntocinon was further increased.

 

Seizures

A vacuum delivery started at nearly 10 minutes to midnight but Sarah was not born until 39 minutes later.

After delivery, the baby was flat at birth and later had seizures. It was claimed there was excessive administration of syntocinon and a failure to recognise the hyper stimulation. It was further claimed there was a failure to deliver the baby at the earliest opportunity and to deliver Sarah by caesarean section.

The HSE conceded liability last year.

Outside court, solicitor Damien Tansey, for Sarah's parents, said they were relieved that the case was over.

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