€1.3m for brain damaged girl

€1.3m for brain damaged girl
A four-year-old Donegal girl who suffered brain damage at birth has received a High Court settlement of 1.3m euro after a case was taken against the Health Service Executive for negligence and breach of duty.

A four-year-old Donegal girl who suffered brain damage at birth has received a High Court settlement of 1.3m euro after a case was taken against the Health Service Executive for negligence and breach of duty.

Sarah McFeely from Lismonaghan, Letterkenny suffered cerebral palsy which resulted in her being severely disabled.

Her mother, Bronagh Colhoun, had said she was given an excessive amount of a drug used to stimulate labour, which caused her baby to be brain damaged.

There were also deficiencies in the delivery of the baby and in the care she received immediately after birth at Letterkenny General Hospital on September 28th 2008.

The legal action was launched when Ms Colhoun tried to get an explanation for her daughter’s condition, but was refused a meeting with medical staff.

The case has been adjourned for three years, when it is hoped a statutory scheme will be in place to allow for further periodic payments.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan said it was a very good settlement for Sarah. He said while money would not solve the problems, the absence of it could make things a lot worse.

The family’s solicitor said they were pleased with the settlement, but disappointed it had taken so long for the HSE to admit liability.