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Dead toddler didn't receive heart test "because it was the weekend"

Dylan Brown died in Hillingdon Hospital in May last year Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA.

A sick toddler died in hospital after an important heart test was not done because it was the weekend, an inquest has heard.

Dylan Brown died in Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge on May 13 last year after suffering three cardiac arrests.

The two-year-old, who had an underlying cardiomyopathy, disease of the heart muscle, could have had an echocardiogram which uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart.

Dr Nagi Barakat, a consultant paediatrician at Hillingdon, told the inquest at West London Coroner's Court: "It was not done because it was the weekend and they are not normally done at the weekend."

The hospital has apologised to the parents, saying they were not given enough information about discussions involving Dylan.

The coroner Lorna Tagliavini recorded a verdict of death from natural causes.

She said there were no failings in Dylan's care and he was treated "appropriately".

Father delivers his son in hospital

A father had to deliver his own son in the reception area of Hillingdon Hospital in west London.

Daniel Araujo and his wife Natalia were left alone to cope with the arrival but he reckons because he had seen the births of his first two children, he knew exactly what to do when the baby started making an appearance earlier than expected.

The full story now from our Health Correspondent Liz Wickham.

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Updated statement from Hillingdon Hospital

We can confirm that a baby boy was delivered in the Maternity Clinical Assessment area at The Hillingdon Hospital in the early hours of Monday October 22.

On arrival at the hospital, the parents, Mr and Mrs Araujo had been taken to the Clinical Assessment Area, which is normal practice for women being admitted to the Maternity Unit.

A midwife had been in attendance but left the room to take another woman to a ward, as is normal practice.

A Maternity Support Worker was with the couple. She rang the emergency call bell and went to call for a midwife as Mrs Araujo started to deliver the baby.

– Updated statement from Hillingdon Hospital

The midwife arrived within seconds to find that the baby had been born. Both mother and baby were immediately moved to the labour ward where they were made comfortable.

We have apologised to Mr and Mrs Araujo for what happened and are carrying out a full investigation into the incident.

– Updated statement from Hillingdon Hospital

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Hillingdon Hospital launches probe into birth

We can confirm that a baby was delivered in the triage area of the maternity department at The Hillingdon Hospital in the early hours of Monday October 22.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the birth and we have apologised to the mother for what happened and any distress this caused her.

– A spokesperson from The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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