Woman who sued over birth injury wins €8.5m
A YOUNG woman ‘starved of oxygen’ in the womb has settled her case for alleged medical negligence against the HSE for €8.5million.
The High Court heard Shannon O’Farrell-Molloy was not monitored in the womb for more than an hour after her mother’s water’s broke, and later developed cerebral palsy.
Bruce Antoniotti SC said his client, now 20, was starved of oxygen in that 70 minutes, either because of excessive contractions or because her umbilical cord had become compressed.
He said he made no criticism of staff at Wexford General Hospital for their actions after the baby’s distress was noted at 9.10am, when a trace of the foetal heart rate was carried out.
He said the urgency of the situation was recognised, and the baby was delivered by 9.30am. ‘The criticism relates to the time before that,’ counsel said. There was no monitoring of the foetal heart rate between 8am, when her mother’s waters broke, and 9.10am, he said.
He said liability for his client’s injuries had been fully contested by the HSE. Mr Antoniotti said Shannon was able to walk and talk, and had great ambitions for her life.
Her case was brought through her mother, Sandra Maguire-Molloy, of Foulksmills, Co. Wexford. Mr Justice Kevin Cross described the HSE’s offer as a very good settlement.