A woman has received compensation for post-surgical bleeding following a caeserean operation.
Honey Larkin brought her action against the Health Service Executive (HSE) after the birth of her child at the Letterkenny General Hospital in January 2008.
Larkin – from Letterkenny, County Donegal – claimed that in the aftermath of her operation, signs of internal haemorrhaging were overlooked by hospital staff. Due to the loss of a huge amount of blood, Larkin alleged, she underwent a near-death experience. It was only later that doctors discovered her condition and returned her to the operating theatre, she claimed. Larkin claimed that she now suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the experience.
Although the court dismissed Larkin’s claims that the doctor in charge failed to act in an appropriate time, Larkin was awarded compensation as a result of the hospital ‘needlessly’ delaying Larkin’s surgery. Mr Justice Kevin Cross at the High Court awarded Larkin with €25,000 in compensation.