Verdict of medical misadventure following stillbirth at Portlaoise Hospital

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Orpen Franks Solicitors represented the parents of baby Glen O’Reilly who was stillborn at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise on 29 October 1997. The parents of baby Glen became aware of possible negligence in relation to the death of their son following publicity surrounding Portlaoise Hospital which appeared in the media in 2014. As a result of significant investigation in order to ascertain the facts surrounding the death of baby Glen, we liaised with the Coroner so as to ensure that an Inquest was heard in order to deal with the cause of baby Glen’s death.

It was clear from our investigations that the management of Dolores O’Reilly’s pregnancy and presentation at Portlaoise Hospital in October 1997 was substandard in circumstances where the CTG traces, which existed, showed abnormalities. In addition there was reduced fetal movement and a failure on the part of the midwife to competently interpret the CTG trace and note the fetal tachycardia. Had it been recognised that it was an abnormal CTG trace, then the Consultant Obstetrician should have been informed and he should have ordered an immediate expedition of delivery. On the balance of probabilities the baby would have been born alive.

A verdict of medical misadventure was returned by the Coroner and a full apology was provided by the HSE, on behalf of the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. The apology noted failings in relation to the care provided at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise in relation to Dolores O’Reilly’s pregnancy, and the delivery of baby Glen O’Reilly. The apology went further to apologise for the distress suffered by the parents of baby Glen in relation to the death of their son.

If you require further information, please contact Rachael Liston, partner in our medical negligence department, on 016376200


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