€20k for boy after medics left glass in his head
A piece of glass in a three-year-old boy's forehead went undetected because no X-rays were taken when he was treated in hospital, a judge has been told.
Judge Mary O'Malley Costello heard that when Aaron Kehoe cut his head after running into a glass panel in his home he was taken to the National Children's Hospital.
Barrister Tom Clarke, counsel for the boy who is now six, told the Circuit Civil Court that in March 2014 Aaron's wounds were cleaned and, after some glass was removed, they were sealed with glue.
"Aaron was kept for observation for three hours but no X-ray examination was undertaken in the accident and emergency department of the hospital to ascertain if there were any foreign objects remaining in the wound," Mr Clarke said.
Mr Clarke said that following his discharge Aaron's wound only partly healed and when his mother, Roisin, took him back to the hospital an X-ray revealed there was still a piece of glass under his skin.
Aaron, of Standhouse Lawns, Newbridge, Co Kildare, was admitted to the plastic surgery department at the Children's University Hospital, in Dublin, where he underwent surgery for scar revision and removal of the glass.
Mr Clarke said the hospital had made a settlement offer of €20,000 to Aaron and he was recommending it to the court.
The hospital's offer was approved by Judge O'Malley Costello.