1. ITV Report

Mother was 'absolutely devastated' at taping of dummy to baby son's mouth

Baby Mason was recovering at Stafford Hospital after being admitted with breathing issues. Credit: Family handout

The mother of four-month-old baby who was found with a dummy taped to its face at Stafford Hospital has spoken to ITV News about the incident.

Sarah Fellows said she had been "absolutely devastated" when she was informed by a senior nurse about the incident three days after it happened.

Last Friday, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust apologised for the "exceptional" incident and said a member of staff from Stafford Hospital has been suspended, and that the police are investigating.

The Trust is currently at the centre of a public inquiry into serious failings of care between January 2005 and March 2009.

Stafford Hospital is subject to a public inquiry into "serious failures" between 2005 and 2009 Credit: Mid Staffs NHS
  • Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected between 2005 and 2008.
  • An independent inquiry into events at the trust in February 2010 found it had "routinely neglected patients".
  • The Trust has paid out more than £1 million in compensation to 120 victims of abuse, or their families.

An £11 million review of what went wrong at Stafford Hospital will be published on February 6.