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Damages and apology received for stillbirth case at Wexford General Hospital at 38 Weeks Gestation arising from obstetric negligence

Posted in News on Monday, December 19th, 2016

In December 2016, Cantillons settled a case for an undisclosed sum for a woman who tragically lost her baby boy at Wexford General Hospital in September 2012, following medical negligence in the treatment of her and her child during her pregnancy where the common but very serious condition of pre-eclampsia arose.   

A complication of pregnancy, preeclampsia is characterised by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, together with swelling. Symptoms can include severe headaches, nausea, vomiting and changes in vision.    The first time our client became aware of the symptoms was some ten weeks prior to the loss of her baby. During all that time, her privately retained Consultant insisted that she did not have preeclampsia.   Eight weeks after she lost her baby, (and almost her own life) the Consultant ultimately admitted that it was preeclampsia.   

In spite of this admission, it took four years for the HSE to formally admit liability and to apologise to this family. It remains to be seen whether the hospital actually ever investigated this very serious adverse event and its consequences. 

A link to a recent news article in relation to the matter can be found at

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