High Court award for Limerick boy’s care at birth

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Maternity 24
Limerick Regional Maternity Hospital

THE mother of young Limerick boy who sued the HSE over the standard of care during his birth has settled her High Court action with an interim payment of €1.75 million to be paid over next two years.

Charlie Enright of Raheen, Ballyneety was born at the Mid Western Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick in 2013. He was severely disabled and, through his mother Catriona, sued the HSE over the standard of care provided during his birth.

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Hearing details of the interim two-year payment, Mr Justice Anthony Barr said that the payment was satisfactory and would meet the costs of the boy’s needs.

At 37 weeks pregnant, Ms Enright was admitted to hospital on August 19 and it was decided that she would be induced.

In her pleadings, it was claimed that there was a breach of duty and failure in standards in the events that followed up until Charlie was born the next day on August 20.

The HSE admitted liability in the case.

Charlie was ‘flat’ at birth and was transferred to Cork University Hospital for head cooling and later returned to Limerick before he was discharged from hospital in September.