Woman awarded €8.5 million in high court action against the Hse
A 20-year-old Foulksmills woman, who sued over the circumstances of her birth at Wexford General Hospital, has settled her High Court action for €8.5 million.
Shannon O'Farrell-Molloy, who has a brain injury, can walk and talk and has come on extremely well in recent years, the court heard.
From Kayle, Foulksmills, Shannon, through her mother, Sandra Maguire Molloy sued the HSE over the circumstances of her birth at Wexford General on July 18, 1997.
Her counsel Bruce Antoniotti SC told Mr Justice Kevin Cross in the days before Shannon's delivery everything was normal.
He said it was their claim that there was an alleged failure to monitor the fetal heart beat between 8 a.m. and 9.10 a.m. on the morning she was delivered, the Irish Independent reports. Counsel said once it was discovered that something was amiss, action was taken quickly and there was no criticism by his side in relation to that.
Liability was at issue in the case and a full defence was filed by the HSE which denied the claims.
The court that Shannon has come on extremely well in last number of years and she had got devoted care from her family.
Her mother told the court she was happy with the settlement and Shannon also said she was happy with it.
Mr Justice Cross said it was a very good settlement.