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Investigation into Baby’s Death Reveals Failings By Medical Staff

A woman has been left devastated after an investigation into her baby’s death found that hospital staff missed three separate chances to potentially save his life, reports the Daily Mail

Kayleigh Turton gave birth at King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield in June 2017. She had been scheduled to be induced on 10th June, but her waters broke that morning. She attended hospital, but was sent home again by midwives before being readmitted later on the same day as she was thought to have developed sepsis.

Monitoring by medical staff revealed that the baby’s heart rate appeared to be slowing down, but no action was taken for several hours. Ms Turton eventually had an emergency caesarean section, but tragically baby Freddie was found to have died.

An investigation by the hospital into the incident found evidence of a number of failings by medical staff, including not telling Ms Turton how ill she actually was and that her baby was at risk. It also found that there has been three separate points where medical staff should have contacted the on-call consultant to inform him or her about their concerns, but this wasn’t done.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to Ms Turton and her partner and said that changes had been made within the maternity department to help prevent a similar incident occurring again. It also said it would be assisting with legal proceedings being brought by Freddie’s parents.

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