HSE apologise to Ballymote family over baby’s death


A solicitor for the family of a baby girl, who died just 16 months after her birth, has said no money would compensate for her loss but an apology from the HSE was “priceless”.

Roger Murray was speaking on Thursday after the HSE apologised in the High Court to the McFadden family from Ballymote for the death of their daughter Grace.

Grace was born at Sligo at Sligo University Hospital on November 26, 2007 but died just 16 months later March 23, 2009, Mother’s Day.

It was claimed she suffered a brain injury and cerebral palsy at her birth.

The High Court in Dublin was told that Mary and Bartley McFadden, of Stonepark, Ballymote, had settled their case against the HSE over their daughter’s care at the time of her birth. They also sued for nervous shock.

The terms of the settlement were confidential.

Grace’s mother, father, brother and sisters were in court as an apology was read by counsel for the HSE Emily Egan.

The apology stated: “The staff of Sligo University Hospital wish to offer their sincere and heartfelt apology to the family of the late Grace McFadden. To her parents Bartley and Mary and her siblings Luke, Nina, Stacey, Tara, and Leah for any failings in care at the time of Grace’s birth. The hospital deeply regrets the trauma and distress suffered by Grace’s family.”

Full story this week’s Sligo Weekender newspaper.


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