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Barrow baby death inquest

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A senior doctor and hospital executive have given evidence at an inquest into the death of a day old baby at Barrow's maternity unit.

Amelia Bower suffered brain damage after being starved of oxygen last April at the troubled unit, which is currently the subject of a police investigation.

The inquest heard how a midwife felt Amelia should have been transferred to a specialist hospital, but a consultant paediatrician disagreed.

It also heard how one paediatrician was unaware that a blood sample revealed Amelia was starved of oxygen. A doctor told the inquest if he was aware of the blood sample he would have transferred her to a specialist centre which may have saved her life.

The hospital's Head of Midwifery said they now have additional midwives on shift at the unit following Amelia's death.

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