HSE apologises following stillborn death at Cavan hospital

The baby boy's family says the death could have been avoided if proper training was in place

HSE apologises following stillborn death at Cavan hospital

The Four Courts Building on the River Liffey in Dublin. 01-06-2006. Image: RollingNews

The HSE has apologised for the shortcomings in care provided to a woman from Smithboro, County Monaghan that led to the death of her baby son.

Baby Padraig was stillborn at Cavan General Hospital on June 28th 2009 after staff failed to monitor his heartbeat properly.

The apology was read out in the High Court as part of the settlement of an action brought by his parents Agnes McArdle and Finbar McElroy.

Their solicitor Shane Kennedy made a brief statement on their behalf outside court afterwards:

“They have two abiding hopes,” he said. “Firstly that no other family has to go through this traumatic loss, resulting from negligence, which could have been avoided if proper training and monitoring were in place.”

“Secondly, the delay in reaching today has been a harrowing experience.

“They hope that a more humane and compassionate way can be put in place to deal with these types of cases.”