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Investigation into baby blood poisoning

Health chiefs have ordered an investigation after a baby died from blood poisoning.

It is thought the baby contracted an infection after being administered a contaminated drip in hospital.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed they are investigating 15 cases of blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus cereus_.

The affected babies were in neonatal intensive care units at a small number of hospitals in England, including Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust where there were three cases.

  1. National

Baby blood infections 'strongly linked' to nutrient liquid

Health chiefs have ordered an investigation into how a batch of liquid nutrients may have given babies blood poisoning.

Public Health England (PHE)said 15 cases of septicaemia, including the death of one baby, looked to be "strongly linked" to an intravenous product that is given to babies who are unable to feed normally.

The babies, many of whom were premature, were being treated in NHS neonatal intensive care units when it is thought they acquired the infection.

A statement from the health body said investigations with a manufacturer had already identified a possible incident that could have caused contamination.

The PHE's Incident Director, Mike Catchpole, said the body had "acted quickly" to alert hospitals to the potential problem and remove any remaining stocks of the product.


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Baby dies from blood poisoning after contracting infection

A baby has died from blood poisoning at a hospital in London from what's believed to be a contaminated drip. 14 other babies have also developed septicaemia.

  • At this stage we know the babies are at six hospitals across England, 3 of them are in the capital
  • Public Health England says many of the babies are premature. An investigation into the cause of the contamination is underway

Family flee arson attack: Police statement

Detective Constable Chris Hike, of Brighton CID, said: "This was a lucky escape for the family. Had they been asleep at the time the consequences could have been serious.

"Next to the house is a path linking Dorothy Road and Old Shoreham Road, and I would ask anyone who was in the area at around 10pm on Saturday or who has any information as to how the fire may have started to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email, quoting serial 1444 of 10/5.

"Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111."

Family including nine-month-baby flee home after arson attack

A family and their nine-month-old baby were forced to flee from their home after a suspected arson attack.

The blaze broke out in a plastic garden shed at a property standing at the junction of Dorothy Road and Old Shoreham Road in Hove at 10pm on Saturday.

It quickly engulfed a rear-facing kitchen window and realising the fire was too big to fight themselves, the occupants grabbed their baby from upstairs and got out through the front door.

A passing police patrol spotted the fire and radioed for the fire and rescue service to attend.

Fire crews quickly doused the fire before it could further damage the property, but the cause is being treated as suspicious and is now being investigated as possible arson.


'Train baby' Phoebe doing well

Proud dad, Allan Stanley, with mum, Sonia Banks and baby Phoebe Credit: Invicta Kent Media

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour in Kent has said: "It feels like I'm on cloud nine."

Allan Stanley, 21, was travelling back to his mother's home with her and his partner Sonia Banks, 22, when the contractions started.

Moments later, on Thursday night's 18:18 London to Kent train, Miss Banks gave birth to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe.

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