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Cerebral palsy boy in EUR4.5m payout.


A TEENAGE boy who will require care for the rest of his life secured a EUR4.5million settlement yesterday for a claim of medical negligence against the HSE.

Evan Doyle, 14, from Cartron View, Co Sligo, who has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, claimed he suffered the injuries during his birth at Sligo General Hospital in October 1995.

The settlement was made without the HSE making an admission of liability.

Evan, who sued through his mother Janice Doyle, alleged a Caesarean section would have stopped the injuries he sustained during birth.

Speaking outside the court, Evan's emotional father John Doyle said the case was never about the money.


Mr Doyle added: "I wanted answers, I got my answers so I am happy with that."

He said that it had been a long couple of years for him and his wife and they were blessed with a great son who made them very proud.

Counsel for the boy, Denis McCullough, yesterday told Justice John Quirke the case had been settled without admission of liability for EUR4.5million.

The court heard Evan's mother was overdue when she was admitted to Sligo General Hospital and was given a dose of two milligrams of the drug Prostin E2 to induce birth.

The court was told it was twice the recommended dose and produced an excessively quick pattern of contractions.

After his delivery by Caesarean section, Evan was described as being floppy, pale and grunting.

The court heard that he cannot now do anything for himself and his speech is almost nonexistent.


CLAIM Evan Doyle with parents, Janice and John yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2010
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