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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Boy sues for €60k over scar on cheek left by Caesarean

Mum Noeleen Saunders
Mum Noeleen Saunders

A 15-year-old boy who alleges that his cheek was lacerated during his Caesarean birth has taken a €60,000 damages action against the hospital and the surgeon who performed the operation.

Counsel for Rory Saunders and his mother Noeleen Saunders, of Silchester Park, Glenageary, told Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that the claim had been taken against the master of the National Maternity Hospital and Dr Stephen Carroll.

Negligence

Dr Carroll is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the hospital and a specialist in high-risk pregnancies. He and the hospital deny liability.

Barrister Mark O'Connell said the medical negligence action arose out of the circumstances surrounding Rory's birth on September 9, 2003.

He said Rory's left cheek was lacerated by the scalpel used in the procedure by Dr Carroll.

He said that following the operation, Rory's wound was cleaned and Steri-Strips were applied.

Mr O'Connell told the court Rory has a permanent 2.5cm scar across his cheek which is visible at a short distance.

He told Judge Groarke the scar became more obvious during the summer.

It had become a source of stress for Rory and he had experienced negative comments and mocking at school and in social circles.

Plastic surgeon Matt McHugh had given an opinion that the scar was not going to improve.

Mr O'Connell said a settlement offer of €25,000 had been made to Rory.

He handed medical reports by two eminent consultants into court and they were considered in chambers by Judge Groarke.

Blunt

The judge said he was not enthusiastic about the offer before the court and added that one medical report seemed to give "a very blunt view" on the matter.

He felt this particular specialist, who had not seen his colleague's medical report before giving an opinion, should be asked to consider the opposing report to see if there was anything in it that influenced his view.

He adjourned Mr O'Connell's application until the medical reports had been further considered by their authors.

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