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Boy who developed rare sleep disorder after swine flu jab settles for €1.2 million

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has settled a High Court action of €1.2 million following legal action against the HSE, the Health Minister and Glaxosmithkline Biologicals SA (GSK).

The boy, through his mother, took legal action against the above bodies after claiming that he developed a rare sleep disorder after receiving the swine flu jab when he was four years old.


The court was told that the boy had developed narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control sleep-wake cycles.

The boy also developed cataplexy which involves the loss of muscle control and will require medication for the rest of his life as a result.

The court was also told that the boy suffers extreme fatigue and anxiety at elevated levels and will most likely never be able to have a full-time job.


This settlement follows the case of a 16-year-old boy who settled action in relation to the Pandemrix vaccine, which paved the way for the resolution of 80 cases.

It was agreed that 50% of the settlement figure would be paid out.

Jonathan Kilfeather SC told the High Court that the €1.2 million settlement represented 50% of the full value of the case.

The court heard that the boy’s parents were satisfied with the settlement.

IMAGE – “201214-D-BN624-0811” (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense


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