Gleneely child awarded €1.45 million settlement

Family relieved after HSE finally admits responsibility

04/03/2014 (L to r) Alan McCandless Ruby McCandles

The HSE has been criticised for taking five years to admit liability in the case of a Gleneely girl left with brain damage after a failure by medical authorities to notify her mother of the risks of high blood pressure.

The High Court in Dublin this week approved an interim settlement of €1.45 million for seven-year-old Ruby McCandless, who was permanently brain damaged at birth.

She has cerebral palsy, is severely physically disabled and will need constant care for the rest of her life.

Ruby’s mother, Chrissy McCandless said the family is relieved that the case has finally been settled.

“We are just relieved that it is all over. We are delighted,” she told the Inishowen Independent yesterday.

“We’d like to thank all our family for all their support and well wishes throughout the past number of years. We also thank our legal team for their help,” the Gleneely woman added.

Mrs. McCandless’ solicitor Damien Tansey said the settlement would transform Ruby’s life however he said it was ‘unfortunate’ that it took five years for the HSE to finally admit liability.

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