Hospital trust apologises after mother was told her baby had died before she was brought to her alive – then died hours later
A mother who lost her newborn baby after being told he had died was left distraught and in tears after staff at a hospital in Leeds apologised for the mix-up.
A woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, is currently battling to get justice after losing her son following a tragic mistake at Leeds General Infirmary. She says that when her son was born, she was told that he had died and that she needed to be prepared for the worst.
The tragic case of a mother in Leeds has raised serious questions about the care of expectant mothers. A new mother was told that her baby had died, but he was still alive when she arrived at Leeds General Infirmary. After a further two hours, he was pronounced dead.
A woman who gave birth to her son last week has spoken of her devastation after being told her baby had died before being brought to life. She said: “I was devastated and couldn’t stop crying. I asked what had happened and they told me my son had died.”
The mum, who does not wish to be named, was at the Leeds General Infirmary in West Yorkshire when her son, who is now three weeks old, was born by caesarean section on October 10. She said: “The midwife told me that she’d been trying to find out if I was pregnant for two years and it was only when she saw the baby on the scan that she realised it was mine.” But, after being told her baby had died, she was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where doctors delivered him alive.
She said: “They said he’d been dead for a while. They brought him to life but I was told that he would die within hours because of his condition.” After the birth, she and her partner went home to wait for her son to wake up.
She said: “He was so tiny and I was told he was very sick. I asked if he would be all right and they said they didn’t know.” The mum said she was “really upset” and was left crying after being told her son had died. She added: “I was told I couldn’t go in to see him because they didn’t want me upsetting him.”
The hospital trust apologised for the mix-up. A spokesman said: “We are sorry that this has happened and we will be looking into what has happened to make sure it does not happen again.” He added: “We have been in touch with the family to apologise and explain what has happened.”