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Posted on 20th October 2017

Inquest Into Baby Death At Grimsby Hospital

A six day old baby died in hospital after being born with a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation.

Whilst his mum was in labour the baby boy became stuck and distressed. He was deprived of oxygen causing hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. An emergency caesarean was performed and the baby was resuscitated. The boy was then transferred to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital to undergo specialist treatment.

Six days after being born his family consented to the removal of the breathing tube helping the baby to breath, to see if he was able to breathe for himself. The family were advised by medics and agreed that if their son was unable to breath for himself, they would not replace the breathing tube.

Lawyers acting for the family are investigating whether there may have been medical negligence during the birth. Their solicitor commented his “death has left a huge hole in the lives of [his parents] and the wider family. Whilst nothing can change what has happened, we hope the inquest into his death will shed some light on the standard of care he received”


Birth injuries account for a high proportion of enquiries we receive each month. Brain damage in new born babies due to the neglect of medical staff is one of the most severe problems a new family can experience.

The amount of compensation awarded to families is also in the highest category because of the life time care needs of the injured child.

Simple acts such as correctly monitoring the heart rate of the baby during labour can significantly reduce the number of birth injured babies however it is one of the more common complaints because midwives are not routinely trained on the equipment used to monitor the babies.

If you or your baby have been harmed because of the failings of medical staff, consultants or midwives, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim for medical negligence.

Contact us on 0330 355 9210 for a free claim assessment