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Statement following Inquest into death of Thomas Beatty

Statement following Inquest into death of Thomas Beatty

Slater and Gordon Clinical Negligence Solicitor Zak Golombeck has issued a statement following the inquest into the death of two day old Thomas Beatty at the Royal Oldham Hospital on April 13th 2014.

Zak Golombeck said, “My clients, Hannah and Martin, would like to thank the Coroner for her thorough investigation, together with her respect and compassion throughout.

“Thomas was born after a traumatic birth, and the Coroner has concluded that the decision to proceed beyond three forceps tractions was not in line with the general body of obstetric opinion. This was unequivocal from the evidence heard.

“As well as this helpful conclusion, the Coroner has also confirmed that she will be recommending changes to guidelines both at local and national level. For my clients, this is a significant step for all parents, and most importantly for Thomas's memory.”

Thomas’s parents Hannah and Martin said, ”Our son Thomas Luke Beaty was a beautiful and healthy full term baby. If it were not for the actions of Royal Oldham Hospital on the night of his birth he would be with us today.

“We have to live the rest of our lives with broken hearts, knowing that Thomas' life was taken from him, and knowing that he should be with us. 

“We need hospital trusts and other medical professionals nationwide to be aware of the facts in this case so that this terrible incident is never repeated.”

Zak Golombeck is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

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