A fourteen year old boy, who was starved of oxygen during his birth and now suffers from cerebral palsy, has had a settlement of £2.9m in a cerebral palsy lawsuit approved in the High Court.
Cian Mangan was born on the 1st of June 1996. He was already a fewl days overdue when his mother, Michelle, was admitted to St. Finbarr’s Hospital, County Cork, in the early stages of labour.
The court was told that Cian’s foetal heartbeat had fallen between the time Michelle was admitted to the hospital and when he was born, and it was alleged that staff at the hospital had failed to recognise this symptom of foetal distress.
This supposed oversight led to a delay in summoning a doctor and consequently, when Cian was delivered at 11.39pm, he had become asphyxiated, and now suffers from cerebral palsy as a result.
Claiming medical negligence through his mother, the court heard that liability for Cian’s injuries was being denied and further argued that the proper procedures were followed. However, a settlement offer of £2.9m cerebral palsy compensation had been made to Cian and his family which they were prepared to accept.
Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Brian McGovern agreed that a payment of £117,000 should be paid to Cian’s mother for the provision of care to him over the past fourteen years, and heard that an application was going to be made to make Cian a ward of court.