The High Court has approved a settlement of €1.25m to the husband of a woman who died due to a cardiac arrest after being admitted to hospital when she was almost 38 weeks' pregnant.
In what was described as an extremely tragic case, Anne Casey's lawyers said Cork University Maternity Hospital did not consider her past history of cardiac issues when she was admitted in February 2012 with severe breathlessness.
Her son survived and is now nine years old.
Anne Casey, 38, was admitted to hospital on 24 February 2012 when she was 37 weeks and five days pregnant.
She had had a cough for three weeks and became quite breathless, the High Court was told.
Ms Casey was admitted on a Friday and, senior counsel Dr John O'Mahony said, she was not seen by any consultant over the weekend.
Her medical notes showed that an abnormality in her heart activity had been found in 2009 and she had significant risk factors for cardiac disease, but the court heard she was not properly assessed.
On the following Monday, doctors suspected a blood clot and she was brought to the radiology department for a scan.
She suffered a cardiac arrest and an emergency C-section had to be carried out on the X-ray table, in what were described in court as chaotic scenes.
She suffered a devastating brain injury due to the cardiac arrest and died ten days later.
Dr O'Mahony told the court the hospital had carried out an internal investigation into Ms Casey's death.
He said this had indicated a number of shortcomings in her care. Despite this, he said, the hospital had made no concessions and had not admitted liability.
Her husband Dominic Casey described being numb and stunned outside the X-ray room, and said he thought his wife and son were both gone.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved a settlement of €1.25m to go to Mr Casey and his son for Ms Casey's wrongful death.
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