Wo­man who sued over birth in­jury wins €8.5m

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By He­len Bruce

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.

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