A 7-year old boy with cerebral palsy who sued over the circumstances of his birth at Cavan General Hospital has settled his High Court action for €9.1Million.
Jarrah Folkman can’t talk or walk and his mother today told the High Court she will never hear her son’s voice.
Elysha McCrudden said the settlement will go a long way towards her son’s care, but she said she felt that windows of opportunity for Jarrah had been lost. Ms McCrudden said for the last seven years she and Jarrah’s father Ben Folkman have been made feel that what happened was their fault.
Approving the settlement against the HSE, Mr Justice Cross praised Jarrah’s parents for the care they have given him night and day.
“Don’t think its in any way your fault,” the judge told Jarrah’s parents.
Jarrah Folkman, Station Road, Cootehill, Co Cavan had through his mother Elysha McCrudden sued the HSE over the circumstances of his birth at Cavan General Hospital on April 19, 2011.
It was claimed there was a failure to correctly interpret the CTG trace which showed a number of decelerations when Ms McCrudden presented at the hospital on April 15, 2011. At that stage, the mother was sent home and she returned to the hospital two days later.
Denis McCullough SC for Jarrah told the court that when Jarrah was born he was flat and unresponsive and he required resuscitation. The family he said had lived for a time in Australia but had returned to Ireland in 2013.
Jarrah, he said needs 24-hour care and while the boy does not have speech, his parents can interpret his sounds.