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Cavan General Hospital apologises to Monaghan couple who lost their baby in 2009

The couple say their baby could have survived if his foetal heartbeat was properly monitored and recorded.

CAVAN GENERAL HOSPITAL and the HSE have apologised to a couple from Monaghan who lost their baby in the hospital in 2009.

Agnes McArdle and Finbar McElroy sued the hospital over the circumstances surrounding the stillbirth of their son, Padraig Eugene on 28 June 2009.

They claim their baby Padraig could have survived if his foetal heartbeat was properly monitored and recorded.

An apology was issued and the case was settled by the HSE and Cavan General Hospital, RTE reported.

It acknowledged the shortcomings in management and care when McArdle was admitted and acknowledged they resulted in Padraig’s death.

The couple described waiting eight years for today’s settlement as a harrowing experience.

Outside court today, their solicitor Shane Kennedy read a statement on behalf of the couple. He told reporters that the death of Padraig could have been easily avoided:

This awful tragedy was avoidable if there had been proper monitoring and interpretation of the CTG.

“Of course the clock can’t be put back, they have two abiding hopes – firstly that no other family has to go through this traumatic loss resulting from negligence which could have been avoided if proper training and monitoring were in place.

“Secondly, their darkest hour happened on 28 June 2009 – the delay in reaching today has been a harrowing experience.

They hope a more human and compassionate way can be put in place to deal with these types of cases.

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