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 Patrick Dillon's children; (L-R) Caroline Dillon, Ann Walsh, holding the framed photograph of their deceased father, Patrick Dillon, and Gerard Dillon outside the High Court yesterday (MON) after the family settled their case against Beaumont Hospital.

Patrick Dillon's children; (L-R) Caroline Dillon, Ann Walsh, holding the framed photograph of their deceased father, Patrick Dillon, and Gerard Dillon outside the High Court yesterday (MON) after the family settled their case against Beaumont Hospital.

Patrick Dillon's children; (L-R) Caroline Dillon, Ann Walsh, holding the framed photograph of their deceased father, Patrick Dillon, and Gerard Dillon outside the High Court yesterday (MON) after the family settled their case against Beaumont Hospital.

The family of a 92-year-old man who died in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital after suffering a fall at his home have settled for €165,000 in their High Court action over his death.

Patrick Dillon was a fit and active man and is a huge loss to his family and community in Swords, Co Dublin , the family's counsel Doireann O'Mahony told the court.

When Mr Dillon was taken to the hospital on July 13, 2015, he had an increased white cell count and a raised CRP count, which counsel said were "indicators of infection overload".

He said Mr Dillon was discharged but was in severe pain, and three days later he was taken back to the hospital, where "a sub-standard examination" took place.

Mr Dillon was in renal failure but was transferred for rehabilitation.

There it was found he had pressure sores, which counsel said "have no place in modern medicine".

Mr Dillon, severely septic and in multi-organ failure, was transferred back to Beaumont on July 27, 2015. He died four days later.

Breach

"The way Daddy was treated, no old age pensioner should be treated like that," Mr Dillon's daughter Ann Walsh told Mr Justice Garrett Simons.

She said her father had been "put to the side".

Beaumont Hospital had admitted a breach of duty in relation to the delay in formulating an accurate diagnosis of Mr Dillon's condition and his transfer to the rehabilitation hospital.

The court heard other matters were at issue in the case.

Ms Walsh, of Seatown Villas, Swords, and her brother, Gerard Dillon, of Seatown Terrace, had sued Beaumont Hospital over the care given to their father while there.

They claimed there was a failure to exercise the standard of care, competence, judgment, diligence and skill that it was reasonable to expect.

It was also alleged that a diagnosis of a spine fracture was made that was not confirmed on a subsequent X-ray.

Outside the court, Ms Walsh said the family were relieved their ordeal was over.

She added that she hoped "no elderly individual will have to suffer like our Dad and Papa did".

Herald


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