A €710,000 prescription negligence compensation settlement has been agreed between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and a 69-year-old woman. The woman suffered a massive stroke after she was sent home from hospital without her required blood thinning medication. The award was approved at the High Court.
Along with the €710,000 payment, yearly care for the rest of her life around €250,000 a year is also being provided and an apology from the HSE was read aloud to the High Court.
Mary Moss was given the ok to leave hospital without her required prescribed anticoagulants. She remained “unknowingly” without these for an additional six weeks. This lack of medication resulted in her suffering a massive stroke and she is now disabled.
The HSE issued the apology to Ms Moss and her family via a court statement, and her family for any “shortcomings” the occurred during the treatment she was in receipt of at Sligo University Hospital. They said they were sorry for the huge upheaval that this has caused to the life of Ms Moss and her family.
Des O’Neill SC, representing Ms Moss, advised the Judge that she had suffered a stroke in 2010 and recovered well following it. However, in February 2018 she had suffered another ‘episode’ and her anti-thinning medication was altered in hospital. However, her medication was not included in her prescription given to her when she was told she could return home. Sadly, this error went unrecognised she experienced a stroke six weeks later.
Mr O’Neill said Ms Moss is currently still in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and has made a good recovery. Her family hope to bring her back home to Ballymote, Co Sligo, as soon as possible. Her daughter Leanne Moss, speaking outside court, that she was relieved to know that her mother’s care will be paid for annually and that this would assist her family greatly. She said her mother is confined to a wheelchair due to the fact that she suffered left side paralysis in the stroke.
The family’s solicitor, Roger Murray, told the court: “Thanks to a successful mediation, the family can now concentrate on getting the best possible care for their mother, and moving her home to the west where she is happiest.”