Woman claims hospital negligent in baby's delivery


A woman has claimed a hospital’s alleged negligence in the management of the delivery of her twin babies led to the stillbirth of one of the children almost 15 years ago.

Paula Carolan, a pyschiatric nurse from Lakeland, Tonyduff, Balieborough, Co Cavan, has brought the High Court action against Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth.

An application by the hospital to have her action declared out of time under the provsions of the Satute of Limitations Act, 1957, was struck out on the application of counsel for Ms Carolan.

President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns was told the strike-out application was not proceeding.

In her action, Ms Carolan alleges that, between May 15th and 17th, 1997, she was under the care of the hospital for the delivery of her twin children when one of them, a boy, was stillborn.

She is claiming damages for alleged negligence and breach of duty in connection with the management of her labour and the consequent stillbirth of her son.

It is also alleged she suffered an infected episiotomy, a surgical procedure intended to assist childbirth.