The High Court has approved a settlement of €385,000 in the case of a Co Leitrim man who died after a routine post-operative procedure at the Blackrock Clinic went wrong.
An action by the man's family against a consultant and the clinic was struck out with no liability admitted.
However, the case against a surgical registrar was settled.
Art Ridge, aged 65, a teacher from Mohill, Co Leitrim, died after his heart was accidentally pierced during the insertion of a chest drain in December 2005.
The procedure was carried out by surgical registrar Ramy Alnahhal five days after Mr Ridge had undergone successful surgery to replace a valve in his heart.
After today's settlement Mr Ridge's family said an insurance company had subjected them to a 'full fight' in the case until recent months.
This had added to their stress and emotion after the death of Mr Ridge, they said.
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