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The case of Emily Casey is a very upsetting one and arose out of medical negligence in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. In 2009 Miss Casey was diagnosed with Scoliosis which resulted in remedial surgery of her spine. A serious medical error occurred during course of the surgery when a special screw known as a pedicle screw was wrongly inserted into her spinal cord. While the matter was noted and the next day the screw immediately removed irreparable damage had unfortunately been caused to Miss Casey. She was 14 at the time. At the High Court recently an apology was made and compensation settled at €4.8 million Euro. This compensation was in respect of severe spinal cord damage leaving this young lady paralysed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair.


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