26 January 2009
NHS trust pays out after diagnosis failures led to death of newborn
An NHS trust has agreed to pay compensation to a couple whose baby died seven hours after being born.
In 2004, Nadia Jones went into Worcestershire Royal Hospital - which first opened in 2002 - after her waters broke, the BBC reports.
Staff working at the centre reportedly failed to detect that the 37-year-old was suffering from an e-coli infection.
She was subsequently sent home and it was not until two visits later when her baby, Harry's, heartbeat could not be heard that an emergency Caesarian section was performed.
Seven hours after being delivered, Harry died of oxygen starvation and blood poisoning.
In a recent development, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust agreed to a five-figure payout.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: "We appreciate that the past four years must have been an extremely difficult time and that an apology will undoubtedly feel inadequate."
He added that the trust is working hard to prevent anything similar happening again.
Paul Sankey, partner at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "This is a tragic story showing how crucial it is to carry out proper examination and monitoring of newborn babies.
"Sadly we have had to deal with a number of claims where babies have died as a result of mistakes in hospitals. No amount of compensation can make up for the devastating loss."
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