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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Parents praised as man settles case over birth care for €3.5m

Leon Keogh with his mother, Natalie O’Hanlon Picture: Maxwells
Leon Keogh with his mother, Natalie O’Hanlon Picture: Maxwells

A 24-year-old man who sued Dublin's Rotunda Hospital over his care at the time of his birth has settled his High Court action for €3.5m.

Leon Keogh, through his mother Natalie O'Hanlon, sued the hospital over the circumstances of his birth on December 21, 1991.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to pay any or any sufficient attention to the abnormalities which allegedly should have been apparent on a cardiotocography trace.

Deliver

There was also an alleged failure to deliver Leon when it ought to have been apparent there was foetal cardiac abnormality.

It was further claimed there was a failure to deliver or expedite delivery at the first possible opportunity when it was clear the foetus was in distress.

When Leon was born, it was claimed, he required resuscitation and had a brain injury.

The claims were denied and the settlement was without an admission of liability.

Leon's senior counsel, Denis McCullough, told the court there was a controversy in the case between the experts on both sides and the offer was made in the case after mediation.

He said Leon, Castletimon Road, Kilmore, Dublin, has cognitive difficulties and loves to listen to music.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was a very good one and it represented about 50pc of the full claim in the case.

He said Leon's mother and step father are owed a deep gratitude from the country for looking after him so well, and he hoped that the settlement would offer them some comfort.

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