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Parents of baby starved of oxygen before birth win payout

Parents of baby starved of oxygen before birth win payout

A couple from Yorkshire have been awarded compensation after their newborn baby died as a result of being starved of oxygen in the womb, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Tim and Julie Lewis lost their baby son three days after he was born in Leeds General Infirmary last year when his life support machine was turned off.

During an inquest, it was alleged that hospital staff repeatedly missed vital warning signs during Ms Lewis' time in hospital.

It was suggested that, despite indications she could be suffering from pre-eclampsia - a potentially dangerous medical condition in which hypertension develops during pregnancy - her condition was not treated as serious.

West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff returned a narrative verdict that inadequacies in monitoring the 39-year-old's blood pressure could have contributed to her baby's death.

As a result, the couple have been awarded a payout from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust.