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Hospital criticised over baby’s death

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Mothernature Mon 08-Aug-05 23:21:15

To all those who know me and helped by signing the petition I placed a few months ago for Ben's grave to be adorned by gifts by his family, here is an update on the inquest held.

A MOTHER has questioned the care given to her baby who died in hospital just a day old.

Ben Brierley died from lung disease the day after being born at Tameside Hospital.

Mum-of-three Tracey Brierley had been admitted after developing abdominal pains at 30 weeks.

Weighing 3lbs 9ozs he was admitted to the special care baby unit, although the inquest heard he was ‘doing well’ and ‘would normally be expected to live’.

Senior sister Mary Bergin told the inquest she ‘had concerns’ about the care of Ben under registrar Dr Emma Shakespeare.

She had disagreed with the doctor over the baby’s treatment after his condition began to deteriorate.

The nurse had suggested Ben be given air by intubation, but Dr Shakespeare decided to first use the ‘rescue breath method’, a practice not used on the unit.

Coroner John Pollard told Sister Bergin: “In your professional opinion he required intubation at 10pm, definitely at the latest at 1.10am. You felt the medical care was not appropriate for the baby’s deteriorating condition.”

An independent report, however, supported Dr Shakespeare’s decision and said that the treatment of Ben was appropriate and did not cause or contribute to his death.

During the inquest Tracey, of Egmont Street, Mossley levied further criticisms at hospital staff.

She questioned Sister Bergin as to why she hadn’t been told of Ben’s worsening condition earlier in the evening.

Mrs Brierley also challenged a statement by Sister Bergin that there were few staff on the unit compared to the number of babies.

She said: “You were all drinking coffee and talking about holidays, you didn’t look very busy.”

Recording a verdict of natural causes, Coroner John Pollard also criticised the way the case was handled. Following the Stockport inquest on Thursday, a confrontation took place between the baby’s mum and Dr Shakespeare and police were called.

First published by the Tameside Advertiser

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