Cardiologist apologises to family of Kerry man who died during heart operation

Cardiologist apologises to family of Kerry man who died during heart operation
File photo

A consultant cardiologist has conveyed sincere apologies to the family of a Kerry man who died of a heart attack during an angiogram.

The apology was read to the High Court as the family of 68-year-old Brendan O’Sullivan from Ballybunion, Co Kerry settled for €100,000 an action over his care.

Counsel for the O’Sullivan family, Dr John O’Mahony SC read the letter of apology sent by consultant cardiologist John Clarke to the O’Sullivans.

In the letter, Dr Clarke said he would like to convey his sincere apologies to the O’Sullivan family in relation to “the medical, care provided to your late father.”

He also offered sincere condolences to the family.

Dr O'Mahony told the High Court Mr O'Sullivan had attended for an angiogram as part of a routine check up but he unfortunately died of a heart attack.

Mr O’Sullivan’s son Liam of New Road, Ballybunion, Kerry had sued consultant cardiologist John Clarke of O’Connell Avenue, Limerick over the care provided when the pensioner attended Galway Clinic under the care of Dr Clarke on January 5, 2009.

It was claimed that Dr Clarke deviated from the elective procedure and inserted two guide wires, one up through the groin and the other through the neck.

One of the wires, it was claimed dissected an artery and Mr O’Sullivan died of a heart attack.

It was claimed there was a failure to warn Mr O Sullivan of the risks associated with proceeding to a diagnostic cardiac catheterisation and in particular the likelihood a dissection of the artery could take place.

It was further claimed there was a failure to exercise due or proper reasonable care for the safety of the pensioner.

As a result of the death of Mr O’Sullivan who had three children and seven grandchildren, it was claimed his family suffered severe mental distress, loss and damage.

Mr Liam O’Sullivan also suffered nervous shock as a result of being present at his father’s death.

Dr O’Mahony told the court liability had been admitted in the case.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a good one and he offered his sympathy to the O’Sullivan family on their loss.

More on this topic

Man due in court in connection with assault and robbery in CorkMan due in court in connection with assault and robbery in Cork

Meath man, 21, accused of assaulting and robbing transgender escort told gardai he was attacked first with stilettoMeath man, 21, accused of assaulting and robbing transgender escort told gardai he was attacked first with stiletto

Judge orders release of 'exploited' cannabis grow house worker who court hears will now seek asylumJudge orders release of 'exploited' cannabis grow house worker who court hears will now seek asylum

In significant ruling court says barring order must be shown to have been 'produced' to breach accusedIn significant ruling court says barring order must be shown to have been 'produced' to breach accused


More in this Section

Rescue mission underway for five fishermen off coast of DonegalRescue mission underway for five fishermen off coast of Donegal

Man arrested as police investigate Belfast stabbingMan arrested as police investigate Belfast stabbing

Two arrested as rival protesters come face to face at #Rally4PeaceTwo arrested as rival protesters come face to face at #Rally4Peace

Gardaí investigate after human skull found in KerryGardaí investigate after human skull found in Kerry


Lifestyle

How much of what we think we know about Christmas pudding is actually true? Robert Hume explodes the myths about our festive treatDebunking all the myths about plum pudding

Her character in Dallas may have shot JR Ewing, but Mary Crosby will always be known as the daughter of the man who sang ‘White Christmas’, writes Ed Power.'I stayed in Castleisland with the Buckley family': Mary Crosby on life as Bing's daughter

The shop sells books, music accessories and crafts and also has a café.We Sell Books: Why the personal touch makes all the difference

Abstracts with a structural focus.Meet artist Shane O'Driscoll: 'For such a small island, we have a massive reach creatively across the world'

More From The Irish Examiner