The High Court has approved a €15m settlement for a boy who was brain damaged at birth due to alleged medical negligence.

Jack Leane, through his mother Annette Leane, Lawlor’s Cross, Killarney, Co Kerry, sued consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Barbara Kerkhoff, of Cork University Hospital (CUH), and the HSE over his care and treatment before and during his birth at CUH on August 11, 2008.

Liability was admitted in February last year.

An apology was read in court for the boy and his family on behalf of the hospital stating: “We do not underestimate the impact this has had on you and you and your family and we are truly sorry.”

In the action, it was claimed, among other things, there was failure to exercise due and proper care, skill and judgment in and about the clinical history taking, examination and management of the baby and his mother from her admission to CUH on the morning of August 11 until he was delivered just before 9pm that night.

Source:  Irish Mirror Online