Student who claims to have developed narcolepsy after swine flu vaccine settles case

A student who claims she developed narcolepsy after taking the swine flu vaccine has settled her case in the High Court.

Aoife Bennett from Naas, Co. Kildare told the court she couldn’t get out of bed after getting the vaccine and was eventually diagnosed with the sleep disorder.

This case began last month and was expected to take up to ten weeks at a cost of millions of euro, but when the court reconvened this morning, Mr. J Michael McGrath was told it had been settled.

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26year-old Aoife Bennett gave evidence from a special comfortable chair in the early stages of the hearing. She told the court she thought she was doing the right thing when she got the vaccine in the midst of a threatened swine flu pandemic in late 2009.

On Christmas Day that year, she said she had to drag herself downstairs for Christmas dinner. She said she was “absolutely exhausted” and had lost all her energy. She was diagnosed with the sleep disorder narcolepsy in 2011.

She claimed she had been misled about the safety of the vaccine and ill-informed of the potential risks.

Outside court, her mother Mary described this as a landmark case.

Aoife’s case was settled with no admission of liability and the details of the settlement were not revealed in court.