Hospital criticised as baby's death 'completely avoidable'
An investigation into the death of a baby who was delivered stillborn at James's Hospital in Leeds found it was caused by a catalogue of errors, lawyers said. The family received an undisclosed settlement from the hospital.
Deborah Horner's baby Abbie was delivered stillborn in 2011, after a series of blunders by midwives and nurses resulted in her brain being starved of oxygen. Mrs Horner said her whole life has changed since the devastation of her daughter's death.
The hospital should have taken special care as Mrs Horner was over forty at the time of her pregnancy.
The midwife in charge of Mrs Horner's care was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and given a 12-month suspension order, lawyers said. She has now retired.
The mother of Abbie Horner, who was born stillborn following a series of blunders made by nurses at St James's Hospital in Leeds, said she has still not received an apology from the hospital, despite the trust's admission.
Deborah Horner said she could not understand how badly the family have been treated, and spoke of how the hospital's actions have made her grief and shock worse.
To this day we are still shocked and appalled by what we went through and the tragic loss of our daughter Abbie. To know that our baby would have been born healthy had it not been for the failures to report her abnormal heartbeat is incredibly difficult to come to terms with.
Everyone makes mistakes but there are lives at stake and my baby deserved the best possible care but, sadly, both she and I were failed.
My family have not even received an apology despite the trust's admission. This is just shocking and has left us very angry.
Nothing will ever bring our daughter back but if they can apologise and prove that lessons have been learnt and shared across the NHS then hopefully we can start to put this horrendous ordeal behind us and try and re-build our lives.