Maternity hospital to pay €2.35m to family

THE High Court has approved an award of €2.35 million in damages to the family of a woman who died shortly after giving birth at a Dublin maternity hospital.

Taz (Tazeem) Kenefick, a 35-year-old dentist, died following complications that occurred during and shortly after she gave birth to her second child, a son named Louis, at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, on November 28, 2004.

Arising out of the circumstances of her death, her husband Kevin Kenefick, also a dental surgeon, of Putland Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, brought proceedings for alleged negligence and breach of duty against both the National Maternity Hospital and a consultant obstetrician, Dr Stephen Carroll.

Yesterday, following discussions between the parties, Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill was informed by Dermott Gleeson SC for Mr Kenefick that the issues had been resolved.

Counsel told the court the total of the award was €2.35m plus costs to the family of Ms Kenefick.

The award was against the hospital, which had admitted liability. The judge was informed the action against Dr Carroll had been discontinued and was struck out. The case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

In the action, Mr Kenefick, 55, claimed that as a result of his wife’s death he suffered mental distress, personal injuries, including a psychiatric injury, and loss.

He was unable to get over the circumstances of his wife’s death. It was further claimed the couple’s children were deprived of their mother’s love and devotion.

Ms Kenefick was the mother of two children and stepmother to Mr Kenefick’s two children from a previous relationship.

On November 27, 2004, she was admitted to the National Maternity hospital where she went into labour on November 28.

It was claimed the hospital was negligent in that it had failed to care for Ms Kenefick properly.

It was also claimed that it failed to have any proper regard for her medical history in that her first child was delivered by emergency caesarean section by reason of the failure of her labour to progress.


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