Bereaved mother settles medical negligence claim

The bereaved mother of a deceased child recently settled her medical negligence claim against the hospital that caused the death of her newborn son, personal injury compensation experts recently reported.

29 year old Sarah Wallace brought her medical negligence claim on the grounds that her son was given improper treatment following his birth three years ago.  Hospital staff had neglected to follow procedures that could have aided her child survive, according to Mrs Wallace’s accident claims.

The NHS Trust for the hospital remarked that the circumstances surrounding the death of the child were regrettable.  Mrs Wallace’s pregnancy had been a difficult one after being diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition where her placenta lied lower than it normally should, and one that necessitated her son, Harry, to be born eight weeks ahead of schedule in September of 2009.

Harry, who weighed less than 4lbs after his emergency Cesarean delivery, was rushed to the Special Care Baby Unit immediately, but neither of his parents were informed that the child was encountering difficulties.  Mrs Wallace claims that she ‘was kept in the dark’ by hospital staff, and that if she had any idea that baby Harry was close to death, she and her husband Scott would have moved mountains to be there for him.

Instead, the child died with his parents never seeing him, with Mrs Wallace’s solicitors claiming that the newborn’s death may have been caused by hospital staff neglecting to follow proper procedures for placing the child on respiratory support and failing to institute an urgent transfer to a Leeds specialist unit.

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