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Father hopes his son's death will save other babies

Yousef's father Raaid Hassan Sakkijha Credit: ITV News

The father of a nine-day-old baby who died after contracting an infection from a suspected contaminated drip has spoken of the anguish of watching his newborn son suffer.

Yousef Al-Kharboush died on Sunday after contracting a bacterial infection at the neonatal intensive care unit at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

It has since emerged that 21 babies across 10 hospitals in England, including Yousef, have been struck down with blood poisoning brought on by an infection "strongly linked" to an intravenous fluid supplied by London-based pharmaceutical firm ITH Pharma.

Speaking at a pre-inquest review at Southwark Coroner's Court, Yousef's father Raaid Hassan Sakkijha said: "My son has died and I hope with his death he will be able to save other children".

After the hearing, Mr Sakkijha revealed Yousef had a twin and two more siblings, aged 10 and seven.

Mr Sakkijha said: "They were planning to distribute the children, one for you and one for me. And when they heard that one was gone, they were crying all day."

Representatives from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and ITH Pharma attended the hearing before Southwark coroner Andrew Harris.

Both organisations are carrying out investigations along with that of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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