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Emma Duddy v North Western Health Board & Anor.


The High Court has approved a €4 million settlement in the case of a 13 year old girl.

She suffers from cerebral palsy after the alleged mismanagement of her birth.

The proceedings were taken by Emma Duddy of Letterkenny, County Donegal, represented by McGarr Solicitors, against the North Western Health Board, the former owners of Letterkenny General Hospital and Mr. Davidson, the obstetrician. Her mother Adrienne acted as her “next friend”.

Her mother went into hospital in Letterkenny in 1995 for the birth of Emma. The court heard allegations that the labour and birth were mismanaged.

The defendant was sued for negligence and breach of duty, including statutory duty, which the Plaintiff said, through her parents Adrienne and John, led to her severe disability.

No admission of liability was made by the hospital or Mr. Davidson and the action against Mr. Davidson was struck out as part of the settlement.