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Baby dies after Midwives at a Manchester Hospital Failed to Notice he had been Born

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/04/2013

An inquest into the death of baby Maninder Singh has heard how he was starved of oxygen and later passed away after midwives had neglected to notice that he had been born under bed sheets.

In 2008 at St Mary's hospital Maninder Singh was born, while his mother was numb from an epidural. The delays by staff in being aware of his birth and his resuscitation meant his conditions deteriorated even further and he passed away 6 months later, a coroner found.

An internal investigation by the Trust acknowledged failings in the medical care of the baby and his mother, and after a 3-day inquest, a Manchester Coroner recorded a narrative verdict in which he identified 8 specific failings which led to the child’s death.

Mrs Singh received specialist support during her pregnancy due to many health conditions, eg diabetes and anaemia, and was induced at 34 weeks.

During the inquest it came to light that midwives had not kept a regular check on the progress of Mrs Singh's labour and it was only after attaching foetal scalp electrode to monitor the baby that they became aware that child had already been born and starved of oxygen.

After his birth the child was diagnosed with a serious brain injury and spent the rest of his short life in intensive care.

Sadly, Mrs Singh passed away in 2010 from complications following the birth of her second child.

Kathryn Murphy, head of nursing and midwifery at the hospital, expressed "profound regret" and said a number of changes have been made since Maninder's death.

She added: "We have recognised there were failings surrounding the care of Maninder Singh in 2008 and we accept that this fell below the level of care we normally provide." There are a number of ways in which your medical team can reduce the risk of fetal distress and damage to your baby, and the medical team should be fully aware of any potential risks and be able to recognise the symptoms of fetal distress and act immediately. If the symptoms are recognised early enough then there is a good chance that injury will have been prevented and your baby will not suffer any lasting complications.

If there is a failure by the doctors or midwives to recognise and/or act promptly, as happened in the sad case of Maninder, then your baby may suffer irreversible brain damage. He may have severely limited communication skills and may never be able to walk or stand and be wholly dependent on other people to take care of his daily needs in all aspects of his life as a result of the birth injury.

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