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Saturday 10 December 2016

HSE to pay boy with brain damage €6.5m

Ryan Brennan
Ryan Brennan
Lorraine and Raymond Brennan, of Avondale Court, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, leaving court yesterday

A SETTLEMENT of €6.5m has been approved by the High Court for a teenage boy who was brain-damaged at birth.

This is on top of a €1.7million interim settlement made to Ryan Brennan two years ago.

Ryan (15) has cerebral palsy and will need constant care for the rest of his life.

Through his mother – Lorraine Brennan Ryan, from Cahir, Co Tipperary – he had sued the Health Service Executive over the circumstances of his birth at St Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel.

The settlement was made without admission of liability.

The figure is a final settlement of the case bringing the total settlement figure in the case to €8.2million.

Mrs Brennan was admitted to St Joseph’s in January 2000 just after term and in early labour.

It was claimed that in a 15-minute period, starting at noon on January 15, significant abnormalities were present in the foetal heart rate tracing, which would be seriously abnormal and consistent with a very high risk of foetal hypoxia. It was sufficient to merit immediate obstetric review, it was claimed.

Ryan was born at lunchtime and was in poor condition and described as flat and pale with poor muscle tone. He had to be resuscitated and later suffered seizures.

The boy suffered major irreversible brain damage rendering him permanently incapacitated, disabled and in need of constant care throughout his life, it was claimed.

Approving the settlement, President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns  praised the fantastic efforts Ryan’s parents had made with their son.

Outside court, Lorraine and Raymond Brennan said they were happy with the settlement and they had now come to the end of a long and difficult journey following Ryan’s birth.

“Lorraine and I were determined to find out why he had been born in such poor health, which left Ryan severely disabled”, Mr Brennan said.

“We have been happy to make many sacrifices to achieve this aim. He is our cherished son, and we all love him very much,” she added.

Ryan, his mother said, was  a sociable, lovely boy who likes pony riding and swimming and being with other children.

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