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Tragic mum's family to get €850k payout

THE family of a 38-year-old woman who died in hospital hours after giving birth to her second child is to be paid €850,000, plus legal costs, by the HSE under a settlement of their High Court action.

EVELYN Flanagan died at the hospital on October 19, 2007, as a result of serious complications following the birth of her daughter, Niamh.

It was alleged she suffered a post-partum haemorrhage as a result of a rupture of the uterus which was not detected or adequately dealt with.

Her husband Padraic (43), of Holyhill, Ballyheane, Castlebar, had brought proceedings against the HSE and a consultant obstetrician, Dr Murtada Mohamed, alleging the care given to his wife at Mayo General Hospital was substandard and led to her death.

The settlement, ruled this week by Mr Justice Michael Peart, arose following a mediation of the proceedings where the hospital admitted liability. The settlement is to be paid by the HSE with the case against Dr Mohamed struck out.

The sum includes payments for two children and the maximum €25,395 payable for mental distress.

In a statement, Mr Flanagan said he welcomed "the acknowledgement of liability by Mayo General Hospital, albeit late in the day."

In legal documents, Mr Flanagan described his wife as "a very healthy, strong individual" and a great mother to the couple's daughters, Niamh (4) and Aisling (7). Mr Flanagan is a senior executive officer with Mayo County Council. His wife was also employed with the Council as an Acting Senior Staff Officer.

At inquest proceedings convened by the Coroner for South Mayo, John O'Dwyer, in 2008 and 2009, John Jordan, argued on behalf of the family Mrs Flanagan's death could have been avoided by timely and appropriate treatment.

The jury returned a verdict of death by medical misadventure.