Boy awarded €1.75m over circumstances of his birth

Catriona Enright had an induced labour. Picture: Collins

A two-year-old boy who has sued over the circumstances of his birth at Midwestern Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick, has settled his High Court action with an interim payout of €1.75m for the next two years.

Charlie Enright, of Raheen, Ballyneety, Co Limerick, sued the HSE through his mother Catriona over his birth at the Limerick hospital in August 2013.

Approving the interim settlement, Mr Justice Anthony Barr said it was a very good settlement and it will take care of the boy’s needs for the next two years.

Charlie’s mother had been admitted to the Limerick hospital 37 weeks into her pregnancy on August 19, 2013, and a decision was made to induce labour after tests were carried out. In his action, it was claimed in the events that followed there was a breach of duty with an alleged failure to provide an appropriate standard of care during the labour and up to the time of Charlie’s birth on August 20, 2013.

In his action, it was claimed there was a belated recognition of foetal distress and an alleged misinterpretation of cardiotocography tracing. It was further claimed there was a failure to supervise the delivery of the baby either adequately or at all and that hyper- simulation was caused by the continued infusion of syntocinon.

The court heard liability had been admitted. Charlie was flat at birth and was brought to Cork University Hospital for head cooling. An MRI scan showed evidence of intracranial haemorrhage. He was later transferred back to the Midwestern Regional Hospital in Limerick and discharged home at the end of September 2013.

The case will come back before the High Court in two years.


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