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Mum gets €25k after Holles St baby death

THE mother of a baby girl who died six days after her birth has settled her action for medical negligence against the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street.

Suzanne Dunne (37), of Castlemoyne, Balgriffin, Dublin, had brought proceedings following the death of her baby daughter Alena on April 8, 2006.

She had claimed damages for negligence, breach of agreement and breach of duty of care.

She had also claimed damages for mental distress on her own behalf and on behalf of her husband Paul, son Daire and Alena's maternal and paternal grandparents. The hospital denied the claims.


In asking Judge Iarthlaith O'Neill to rule on the settlement, Bruce Antoniotti, for Mrs Dunne, said while his side believed they had a good case, they could not guarantee it would succeed, and in those circumstances were recommending the settlement.

He said Mrs Dunne had waived her claim for nervous shock. Under the settlement, the maximum amount - €25,000 - payable for mental distress arising from a fatal injury will be paid, along with funeral and other expenses.

The court had previously heard that Alena Dunne was born on April 1, 2006, by Caesarean section, and suffered severe breathing difficulties, multi-organ problems and significant brain injury.

It was claimed that negligence on the part of the hospital resulted in Alena suffering injuries caused by severe blood loss due to a rupture of the placenta. The claims were denied.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill ordered the case be struck out.