hospital failed in baby death

Amy Daniels and Liam Frain lost their son, Joseph Edward, two days after he was born at Dewsbury and District Hospital. An investigation into the care Amy and Joseph received during their time at the hospital has identified 18 problems and made 8 recommendations for changes needed at the hospital. (d26071144)
Amy Daniels and Liam Frain lost their son, Joseph Edward, two days after he was born at Dewsbury and District Hospital. An investigation into the care Amy and Joseph received during their time at the hospital has identified 18 problems and made 8 recommendations for changes needed at the hospital. (d26071144)

A COUPLE’S two-day-old son died after mistakes were made during his delivery at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

Amy Daniels, of Liversedge, and Liam Frain, of Dewsbury, decided to turn off the machines keeping baby Joseph alive when it became clear he would not recover from a lack of oxygen to his brain during birth.

Mr Frain said: “You want someone to blame because you’ve lost your son, but the hospital came and said there was nothing to be done. We just thought it was natural causes.”

But a comprehensive investigation has now revealed a catalogue of failings by the hospital’s maternity team.

The report comes a month after coroner Prof Paul Marks ruled that a delay in inducing labour at the hospital had “materially contributed” to the death of another baby who was less than an hour old.

The report into the care given to Joseph identifies 18 problems, including several missed opportunities to prevent the damage that ultimately lead to his death.

Miss Frain said: “You just trust the people, you think they know what they’re doing. I just didn’t expect there would be so many things they’d done wrong.”

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Dewsbury hospital, has offered its “most sincere apologies” to the 19-year-old couple.

But it would not tell the Guardian what progress had been made with the eight recommendations put forward by the investigation team.

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