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Court approves €7M for boy brain damaged at birth

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Browne & Murphy Solicitors

A settlement of €7 million has been approved by the High Court in the case of a teenage boy who was brain damaged at birth.

Dean Nolan who is now 15 years old, and will be sitting his Junior Cert in June 2017, through his mother Kelly Campbell sued the National Maternity Hospital and the Health Service Executive over the circumstances of his birth at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin in February 1, 2002.

It was claimed Ms Campbell was admitted to the National Maternity Hospital and was induced. Dean was born after 2am on February 1, 2002.

It was alleged that in the course of labour, CTG readings revealed numerous and complex decelerations in the heart rate of the baby and that after five hours in the labour ward oxytocin was commenced and later increased. Dean was delivered by ventouse/vacuum and was in poor condition at birth requiring resuscitation and later intubation and ventilation.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to treat Ms Campbell and the her baby with all necessary skill, care and diligence and an alleged failure to ensure the delivery of the baby in an expedient manner particularly in the light of the CTG readings.

While Dean did not have physical problems, he had deficits of a neurocognitive nature.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told liability had been admitted in the case and he approved the settlement

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