A Donegal woman who claimed she had a “near death experience” when she began to haemhorrage internally after her baby was delivered by caesarean section has lost her action for damages against a consultant gynaecologist.
But Honey Larkin was awarded €25,000 against the HSE by the High Court for what the judge described as a one hour delay at Letterkenny General Hospital in a second operation to stop the bleeding.
Honey Larkin (40) of , Churchill, Letterkenny had sued the HSE and consultant gynaecologist at Letterkenny General Hopsital, Eddie Aboud for alleged negligence and breach of duty.
She claimed the defendants failed to check or sufficiently check or to recognise the sign that she was bleeding profusely and losing substantial amounts of blood. She further alleges there was a failure to attach due significance and to take appropriate action in response to her distress signals.
It was alleged that by the time Ms Larkin underwent the second operation to stop the bleeding, she was in parlous state and had suffered massive blood loss and a near death experience.
The claims were denied and the defendants said Ms Larkin was treated in a timely and appropriate manner when surgical complications were identified.
In the High Court ,Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he accepted no bleed was present when Mr Aboud was finished the caesarean section. The gynaecologist, he said, had been in the hosptial until 5pm and when he was called back back he took charge and performed the operation to stop the bleeding successfully.
The judge said there was no blame against Mr Aboud and Ms Larkin’s action against him must fail.
Finding the HSE negligent for a delay of one hour, Mr Justice Cross said Ms Larkin’s operation was needlessly delayed.