The boy died in the arms of his mother accompanied by his father just three days after his second birthday. The death of the boy occurred after an artery was punctured during attempts to insert a device into a vein.
The boy was diagnosed with haemophilia when he was a week old and he required regular treatment as a result of this diagnosis. He was admitted to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin on the 10 October 2004 for insertion of an implantafix device but during that procedure the artery was punctured. As a result of this he suffered cardiac arrest and severe brain damage and died 4 days later.
The boy’s parents took a medical negligence claim for compensation against the HSE and the hospital. The parents of the boy alleged that the Hospital owed a duty of care to properly inform them of the risks associated with inserting the device and they also claimed that the failure to properly insert the device without puncturing an artery led to the child suffering severe injury and loss of life. Senior counsel on behalf of the Hospital read out an apology and Senior Counsel for the family informed the Judge that the case had settled for a non disclosed amount of compensation and damages.
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Hospital apologies for death of child
Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin has apologised before the High Court over failures in the care of a haemophiliac child who died after under going a medical procedure in Hospital.
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