Waterford hospital in €2m settlement with brain-damaged child

Waterford hospital in €2m settlement with brain-damaged child

University Hospital Waterford has apologised to a four-year-old boy for the devastating brain injuries he suffered at birth.

Dylan Kenny of Greenfield, Old Tramore Road, Waterford is to receive €2m in a High Court settlement with the HSE.

The court heard Dylan's claim arose out of the mismanagement of his mother's labour and his birth at University Hospital Waterford in January 2010.

His lawyers say foetal distress prior to his delivery went unrecognised on his CTG trace and obstetric assistance was not requested.

They said obstetric intervention and an early instrumental birth would have spared Dylan an irreversible injury caused from a lack of blood and oxygen to the brain.

The hospital has apologised to the family and admitted Dylan's injuries should not have happened.

Today's €2m settlement, approved by Mr Justice Kevin Cross, will be reviewed in three years' time.


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