THE family of a Kerryman who died following routine surgery on a broken wrist has welcomed an apology from the HSE for its various failings in the treatment of their 44-year-old father and husband.
Michael Devane died in October 2007 after severe brain injuries he sustained following the surgery at Kerry General Hospital. His family, including his wife Deborah, and children Stephen, Gráinne and Pádraig, form Aghadoe, Killarney, Co Kerry, sued the HSE for medical negligence causing his death.
The HSE admitted liability and the case was settled at the High Court yesterday.
In its apology the HSE said it “wishes to apologise sincerely to Mrs Deborah Devane and the entire Devane family for the various failings in the treatment and care afforded to Michael by Kerry General Hospital in Tralee on September 27 and the days afterwards”.
In a statement, the Devane family said they were “satisfied the HSE had finally apologised for the failings of the hospital in Mike’s case... and hoped the appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against those responsible for the events that lead to Michael’s death”.