Sarah McFeely awarded 1.3m euro damages

A four-year-old County Donegal girl left severely disabled after birth at Letterkenny General Hospital has been awarded 1.3m euro (£1.1m) in damages.

Sarah McFeely, from Letterkenny, sued the Health Service Executive for negligence arising from her mother's treatment while giving birth to her.

The High Court in Dublin was told Sarah suffered cerebral palsy and is severely disabled as a result.

The settlement is an interim one and the case was adjourned for three years.

The family's solicitor, David O'Malley said Sarah's mother, Bronagh Colhoun, was given too much of a labour-inducing drug causing brain damage to the new-born.

There were also deficiencies in the delivery and in the care she received immediately after her birth in 2008.

The legal action was launched when Ms Colhoun tried to get an explanation for her daughter's condition, but was refused a meeting with medical staff.

"The family are very disappointed that the HSE didn't contact them with any explanation at an earlier stage," Mr O'Malley said.

"They approached the HSE through the complaints service and they were not afforded any explanation and following a protracted battle the HSE only admitted liability late last year.

"The family welcomed the settlement but they are a bit disappointed that they had to go to such lengths to get the HSE to admit liability."

The case has been adjourned for three years when Sarah's health, nursing and assistive technology needs will be reassessed.