High Court awards €1.4m settlement to Donegal girl

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The High Court has approved an interim settlement of €1.4m for a seven-year-old Donegal girl who was brain damaged following the failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother just before her birth.

The case was taken on behalf of Ruby McCandless by her mother, Christina, from Gleneely in Inishowen.

Ruby, who has cerebral palsy, was born in Letterkenny General Hospital in March 2006.

The court was told that at her final antenatal check-up at an outreach clinic in Carndonagh Community Hospital in March 2006, Mrs McCandless had her blood pressure taken four times because nurses were so concerned about it, RTÉ reported on Tuesday.

But the consultant who reviewed her said her high blood pressure was a borderline case and told her to attend her GP three days later.

She was not warned about the possibility or symptoms of a serious complication of maternal high blood pressure – pre-eclampsia. She suffered an eclamptic seizure at home which deprived her baby of oxyge nand had to be taken by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital where Ruby was delivered by emergency C-section.

The High Court approved an interim settlement of €1.4m and the case will return to court in four years’ time to reassess her needs.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the settlement was in the best interests of the young girl.




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