A five-year-old boy who suffered an acute brain injury when he was born at Coombe Hospital in Dublin has settled a case in the High Court for €19million.
Mother Dediu was the main twin but was delivered by cesarean section after his brother David just two days before Christmas 2016, the court heard.
It has been claimed that the operation was delayed due to the unavailability of a theater.
Judge Paul Coffey was told last year that liability in the case had been accepted.
Outside the court, Adam’s mother, Loredana Dediu, said her son couldn’t play with his twin brother.
“Adam is a happy guy. I would love it if he could walk and talk and all that, but unfortunately his life isn’t going to be as great as it should be,” she said.
“He won’t play with his brother. He will do nothing most of the time.”
Loredana, along with her husband Silviu, said they were glad their legal journey was over.
“It’s been a long journey and we’re really glad it’s actually over,” she said.
She added, “Hopefully now we have all the resources for Adam to have a better life.”
Adam’s attorney, Richard Kean SC with Esther Earley BL, instructed by Caoimhe Haughey’s attorney, told the court the boy had suffered an acute brain injury and was having very significant difficulties, including with his speech and limbs. The attorney said Adam was left with “a multitude of ongoing problems.”
Mr Justice Coffey said it was fair and reasonable, noting that an interim payment of €100,000 had previously been made in the case. He conveyed his best wishes to Adam and his parents.
Adam, from Coolock, Dublin, through his father, Silviu Dediu, had sued Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital over the circumstances of his birth in December 2016.
Adam’s mother was hospitalized on December 22, 2016 for a planned labor induction. Labor induction was difficult and she was advised to deliver by caesarean section.
It was claimed that due to the unavailability of an operating room, the operation was delayed and the mother continued to work.
Adam, the lead twin, was born on December 23, 2016 after his brother.
It has been claimed that Adam’s head went deep into the pelvis and was extremely difficult to pull out.
It was further claimed that there was a long delay before Adam’s delivery and he tried to detach his head and he suffered a serious head injury.
Born with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and a severe head injury, Adam was left with a permanent and pervasive multifactorial disability.
It has been alleged that there was a failure to take reasonable care of Adam’s safety during his confinement and a failure to recognize in time or at all that Adam’s head was very low in his mother’s pelvis and could be difficult to reach Extract.
When Adam was born he was in extremely poor condition and had a blue appearance. An MRI of his brain later showed a very significant acute brain injury.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/boy-who-suffered-brain-injury-during-birth-settles-case-against-coombe-hospital-for-19m-41499581.html Boy who suffered brain injury at birth settles case against Coombe Hospital for €19m