RTE has reported on the €4.5 settlement for a 14-year-old boy who sustained injuries that left him severely disabled during his birth in Sligo General Hospital, Ireland.
It was made "without admission of liability by the Health Service Executive", but the report outlines issues during the birth that included "too high a dose of a labour-inducing drug being given to his mother, the detachment of a monitor during the labour process, too long a delay before the decision was taken to carry out a Caesarian section and the delay in a consultant arriving to carry out the delivery."
Evan Doyle has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic.
What I notice most about this all-too-frequent story is the number of years that this poor family have had to wait to receive compensation (or rather, announcement of a settlement amount).
14 years of fighting, waiting, suffering...