€10,000 against the Mater Private Hospital after a man ever had his operation as a critical piece of medical equipment went missing from the surgical team, despite having been placed under anaesthetic.
Judge John O’ Connor at the circuit court, was told how Peter Keegan (31) was due to have a surgical procedure on his right hip on 25 November 2016, in the Mater Private Hospital, Eccles St, Dublin 7. Keegan, with an address at Woodbine Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 was represented in court by Barrister Conor Kearney, appearing with Mark Tiernan, of Tiernan & Company solicitors. Kearney told Judge O’Connor that his client had been admitted to the hospital’s short stay procedure unit at 6.45am on the morning that the operation was due to take place.
He went on to say that his client had been given anaesthetic at 7.30am, before the procedure was due to place. It was during this, when the operation set of instruments had been initially opened, that is was discovered an irrigation extender was not with the rest of the instruments. it was claimed that the missing piece of equipment had been sent out to be fixed four weeks earlier. However, the missing piece had not been replaced and, when Mr Keegan came to from the anaesthetic at approximately 8.30am, he was advised that there had been a problem with his operation and it had not gone ahead.
he suffered some initial stress due to hearing this news and the team of nurses tending to him advised him of the mistake that had been made. Mr Keegan told the Court that he remained very drowsy when he had been sent home some time later and he had experienced stomach pain and nausea in the days after this.
The procedure was rescheduled for ten days later on 5 December. Mr Keegan told the court that he had been very concerned leading up to the new operation. He informed the judge that he had been quite nervous about taking the anaesthetic again.
Judge O’Connor said that he believed there had been medical negligence on the side of the Mater Private Hospital in what he referred to as an ‘unfortunate incident’. He added that he felt Mr Keegan had been upset emotionally after the incident despite being fortunate that there had been no long-term consequences due to the mistake.
€10,000 Surgical negligence compensation damages against the Mater Private Hospital in relation to the case.