The High Court has approved a €710,000 prescription error compensation settlement offer from the Health Service Executive (HSE) for a 69-year-old woman who suffered a major stroke after she was discharged from a hospital without her blood thinning medication.
In addition to this an apology from the HSE was out following the approval. Along with the €710,000 payment, annual care for the rest of her life in the region of €250,000 a year is also being provided.
The woman in question, Mary Moss, went without her required anti-coagulants “unknowingly” for a period of six weeks. Due to this lack of medication she suffered a major stroke and is now disabled.
The issued an apology to Ms Moss, via a court statement, and her family for any “shortcomings” the occurred during her treatment at Sligo University Hospital. It went on to express regret for the major upheaval that this has caused to the life of Ms Moss and her family.
Legal representative for Ms Moss, Des O’Neill SC, for Ms Moss, informed the High Court that she had suffered a stroke in 2010 and recovered well. However, in February 2018 she had experienced another ‘episode’ and her anti-thinning medication was changed in hospital. However, her medication was not included on her prescription on her discharge. Sadly, this mistake remained unnoticed until MS Moss suffered a stroke six weeks later.
Mr O’Neill said Ms Moss is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, having made a significant recovery. Her family plan are making plans to being her home to Ballymote, Co Sligo, as soon as they can feasibly do so. Her daughter, Leanne Moss said outside court that she was relieved to know that her mother’s care will be paid for annually and that this would help her family greatly. She said her mother has to use a wheelchair.as she suffers from left side paralysis following the stroke.
The family’s solicitor, Roger Murray, said: “Thanks to a successful mediation, the family can now concentrate on getting the best possible care for their mother, and moving her home to the west where she is happiest.”