The High Court has approved a settlement of €5.2m in the case of a now six-year-old boy who suffered severe brain damage after he was allegedly born dead and recovered a heartbeat seven minutes later. Amanda Riordan, of Greenbridge Court in Blanchardstown in Dublin, sued the Rotunda Hospital on behalf of her son, Leo Conroy, claiming his brain damage was caused by the hospital's negligence. The court heard Leo was born dead after being delivered by Caesarean section and only recovered a heartbeat after seven minutes. He survived, but now has cerebral palsy and will never lead an independent life. It was alleged that Ms Riordan, who was 21 at the time, should have delivered much earlier because of foetal distress.