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Cannula leaking liquid and burning child’s foot settled for €75,000 – Irish Times

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A High Court case alleging that a boy’s leg was burned by a solution from a cannula in his foot when he was a newborn baby has been settled for €75,000.

Tomiwa Bobby Agbaje (13), from Mallow, Co Cork, was five days old and in the intensive care unit at Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, when the incident allegedly happened.

His barrister, Dr Ciaran Craven, instructed by barrister Gary Matthews, told the court that the boy was born prematurely at 27 weeks. When he was five days old, he was found to have too much acid in his blood, and an infusion of sodium bicarbonate was given, the lawyer said. It was the plaintiff’s position that the solution burnt his left foot, which left a scar.

Counsel said that there was an admission of breach of duty in relation to the release of the solution. The court heard that Tomiwa attends a boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria. Tomiwa, with an address in Rathcoole, Mallow, was sued by his mother, Agijat Adekunle, against the Rotunda Hospital in Parnell Square, Dublin.

He was born at the hospital on October 3, 2009, and was transferred to the intensive care unit shortly after delivery, where he was briefly intubated and ventilated. A capillary blood gas sample was taken when he was five days old, which revealed acidosis. It was claimed that an intravenous cannula was inserted into Tomiwa’s left foot.

After 20 minutes of sodium bicarbonate, it was observed that the solution penetrated the tissue surrounding the cannula. A doctor later noted a chemical burn on the left foot, resulting in an open wound on the skin and visible bone.

The child was referred to the hospital’s plastic surgery team for treatment and the wound was irrigated with a liter of saline several times a day and wet dressings were applied. It was claimed that there was a failure to infuse sodium bicarbonate at the correct rate and to prepare and administer it at the correct concentration.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said it was a fair and reasonable settlement.

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