A boy who sustained cerebral palsy due to a mismanaged birth has had the settlement of his hospital birth injury compensation approved by the High Court in Dublin.
Kyle McMahon from Nenagh in County Tipperary was born at the St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick the day after his mother – Theresa – had been admitted to the hospital suffering from raised blood pressure. Labour had been induced to speed up Kyle´s birth, however during his delivery Kyle suffered severe foetal stress and was starved of oxygen. After his birth, Kyle was diagnosed as suffering from cerebral palsy and now needs round-the-clock care.
In a claim for hospital birth injury compensation made through his mother, it was alleged that Kyle´s injury could have been avoided with a better handling of the situation. Neither St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital nor the Health Service Executive refuted the allegations, and a compensation package was agreed in respect of Kyle´s hospital negligence claim.
The High Court in Dublin heard that the case was before them for approval of the compensation settlement as Kyle is still under eighteen years of age.