Mary’s mother attended her GP on October 9th 1999, who told her to go to hospital immediately as she had symptoms of pre-eclampsia. She was admitted to hospital and labour was induced. On October 11th she was transferred to the labour ward. A CTG commenced shortly after 6am showed a series of decelerations in Mary’s heartbeat. The consultant was unavailable at the time due to illness and a locum consultant who was contacted said he was in Letterkenny. A third consultant was contacted and ultimately arrived and assisted in the delivery. Delivery was complicated and Mary was not born until 7.20am. Expert evidence would show that had Mary been delivered earlier by caesarean her injuries could have been averted.
In 2014 Mary received an interim settlement for two years without an admission of liability in the hope that Periodic Payment Order legislation might be in place at the expiry of the two years. As no such legislation was in place upon the expiry of the two years it was the family’s preference to press for a full and final lump sum settlement of the remaining claim and an apology from Mayo General Hospital.
At the ruling of the matter before the President of the High Court, Mary made a short statement in which she stated that “Justice has been done and I’m bringing closure to this, we can now move on with our lives.” The President commended her statement and described the family as “heroic.”
If you have any further queries, please contact Michael Boylan, Partner and Head of Medical Negligence Group.
03 May 2016