€4.6 MILLION SETTLEMENT APPROVED IN MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM OVER BIRTH OF EMYVALE BOY IN CAVAN HOSPITAL

26 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The High Court yesterday approved an interim settlement of €4.6 million, to be paid over five years, in relation to the circumstances of the birth in Cavan General Hospital in 2017 of a two-year-old Emyvale boy with cerebral palsy. Tadhg James McKenna, Sruth an Mhuillan, Emyvale, sued the HSE through his mother Emma Louise McKenna for alleged negligence and breach of duty of care during the course of his birth on August 31 2017.

In a statement read to the court, Cavan General Hospital and the HSE apologised unreservedly for failings in care that caused the injuries sustained by Tadhg at birth, and the consequential upset suffered by his family.

The statement added that the hospital and the HSE understood “that neither this apology, nor the financial compensation granted by the court could negate the continuing distress and upset” endured by the McKennas “on a daily basis”. The court heard that Tadhg suffered with seizures, respiratory attacks and fevers and required constant medical care and monitoring. Jerry Healy SC, appearing with Jonathan Kilfeather SC instructed by solicitor Barry Healy for Tadhg, said the family was happy to accept what was a good offer from the HSE. Counsel said that the family’s view is that every day was a battle for survival for Tadhg, who had suffered very severe…

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