A man who sued after his voice box was removed during what the High Court was told was a “completely over the top” operation has settled his action. TheMid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, had previously apologised at the court to Kevin McMahon, who has no natural voice and can only speak through an artificial voice box.

Mr McMahon (63), Glasgow Park, Roxboro, Limerick, had sued the HSE over his diagnosis, treatment, management and care and, in particular, an operation where his larynx was removed at the hospital in January 2011.

He had also sued over a three-month delay in performing a second biopsy of his vocal cord. The second biopsy was ordered by a surgeon and was supposed to be carried out in October 2010 but was cancelled and rescheduled for January 2011.

He also alleged failure to discuss treatment options available before carrying out radical head and neck surgery when, it was alleged, it was unreasonable and inappropriate to do so. Liability had been admitted in the case and it was before the court for assessment of damages only.

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