OUR Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth has apologised to the parents of a baby who died after he was fatally injured during birth.
Evan Tuite suffered a fractured skull and significant brain injuries during a delivery conducted by a junior doctor in June 2012.
The baby died in his mother Fiona’s arms some twelve hours later.
At the High Court in Dublin today, Our Lady of Lourdes extended their “sincere and heartfelt sympathy” to Ms Tuite and Evan’s father, Ivan Murphy.
In a statement read by its lawyers, the hospital also apologised to Evan’s family as they settled actions against the HSE over deficient care.
The parents were awarded the statutory amount of €25,000 (£22,000) in compensation.
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Outside court, Mr Murphy fought back tears as he said that the circumstances of his son’s death should not happen to any other child.
He said: “Everyday I wish and pray we could have that day back again and I would have said stop.
"I would never have let him go ahead and deliver Evan by force.
“If only Fiona had been sent for a c-section our baby would have been here today. He would now be going to school and playing with his friends.
“We still have not had an inquest in to Evan’s death and we can’t understand why this has not yet happened.
“Today I am publicly appealing for a date for an inquest to be confirmed."