Terminally ill girl (12) settles action over alleged delay to tumour diagnosis (via Irish Times)

A 12-year-old girl with a life expectancy of six months who had sued over an alleged delay in the diagnosis of a tumour on her spine has settled her High Court action for €675,000.

Her mother, who provides 24-hour care for her daughter, broke down in the High Court as she told how the young girl is “not going to last”.

The girl, who cannot be identified by order of the court, had first gone to a hospital emergency department two years ago complaining of unexplained neck pain but she was diagnosed as having a cyst.

Her counsel, Eugene Gleeson SC, told the court time “is now running out” for the 12-year-old. It was their case that her spinal tumour should have been diagnosed two years earlier and the girl was treated for the wrong condition. Their expert, he said, would say the tumour was always high grade with a “dismal prognosis” of between nine months and three years.

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