At the High Court recently the family of a woman who died due to sepsis after contracting a rare infection in the aftermath of a hernia operation have been awarded €300,000 personal injury compensation and have also been issued with an apology in relation to circumstances of their mother’s death.
A mother of two children, Susan McGee died away just over 10 days after having a surgical procedure on her hernia at the Hermitage Clinic in Dublin on July 24, 2013. Following the surgical procedure, Ms McGee contracted a rare Clostridium Difficile bowel infection. The inquest into her death resulted in a verdict of medical misadventure was the conclusion delivered.
Melissa Barry, with an address at Grange Rise, Stamullen, Co Meath and her brother John McGee , Bretton Woods, Skerries Road, Rush , Co Dublin filed the hospital negligence compensation action against the Hermitage and consultant surgeons Arnold Hill and Colm Power due to the standard of treatment provided to their mother in July 2013.
The defendants admitted liability, the High Court was advised. Mrs McGee began to suffer complications following hernia surgery in July 2013. Ms McGee’s attending surgeon was not in the clinic due to annual leave when she went back to the clinic after becoming ill. It was made known to The High Court that a different doctor was not available. Due to this, and despite the best efforts of the surgeons that were on site, Ms McGee passed away on 22 July 2013.
Melissa Barry, speaking on behalf of the family, told the High Court saying that her mother’s sad death resulted in a lot of psychological trauma for her family members. She said: “Our mother is missed every day by her entire family and a large circle of friends. We owed it to our amazing mam to seek answers and justice. We hope she can now rest in peace while we can rebuild the rest of our lives.”
Ms Barry added: “The Hermitage Medical Clinic has reassured us new procedures are in place for the handover of patients and we hope lessons have been learned. Patients need to be assured that details of their medical condition and care plan are properly communicated if they are being put in to the hands of a different medical professional. Hospital staff must also listen to and act on the concerns of a patient’s family.”
As he gave his approval to the hospital negligence malpractice compensation settlement, Justice Mr Justice Robert Eagar, expressed his condolences to the woman’s family.