Oisín Fitzpatrick (now aged 21) was a healthy 22-month-old when he became ill and was referred to University Hospital, Galway, the court was told. He was treated over a number of days before a diagnosis of viral encephalitis was made and a drug to treat and combat herpes simplex encephalitis was provided. The court heard Mr Fitzpatrick now has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheechair, is spastic quadriplegic and cannot talk. Approving the settlement with an interim payment for the next three years, the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly praised Ms Fitzpatrick. Through his mother, Mr Fitzpatrick, of Ballyglunin, Tuam, Co Galway, sued the HSE over his care at University Hospital, Galway after being admitted for treatment on September 16th, 1998.
Source: The Irish Times February 14, 2018 15:00 UTC