Yesterday in the High Court the HSE expressed its sincere regret and apology to Faith’s mum and dad, Anthony Lanphier and Linda Kelly of Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Baby Faith collapsed and died after a catheter put in to give her nutrition was placed at an incorrect low level.
In an apology read to the High Court, Cork Universtiy Hospital CEO Tony McNamara said: “The Health Service Executive wishes to acknowledge its responsibility in the death of baby Faith Lanphier on May 24, 2012 at Cork University Maternity Hospital and expresses its sincere regret and apology to Faith’s parents and her wider family.”
It was the end of a three-year legal battle for Faith’s family. “Thank God I got to hold Faith on the second and third day after she was born; it kind of helps”, her mother said outside the Four Courts yesterday as she told of their devastation after their only daughter died.
Linda Kelly, standing beside Anthony Lanphier, told how their baby girl was born premature but in good condition, but died five days later at the Cork University Maternity Hospital.
“The pain and hardship we have gone through for the past three years. I just hope no other family has to go through this,” she said.
Ms Kelly, who in the last month gave birth to twin boys bringing her family now to five boys, said: “It’s had a big impact. Since she died we are after having another little boy and a set of twins actually a month ago. But I thank God I got to hold Faith anyway, on the second and third day after she was born”.
Anthony Lanphier said they now wanted to get on with the rest of our lives: “We hope lessons will be learnt from this. It’s been terrible for us for the last three years to be honest. The apology doesn’t really change anything but it’s comforting.”
Faith’s parents had sued for nervous shock and over the death of their daughter.
Approving the settlement in the case Mr Justice Kervin Cross said it was a “sad, tragic and uncecessary death “and he offered his deepest sympathy.