Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hospital Put Woolly Mittens on Our Baby and Didn't Take Them off for 36 Hours. Family's Claim against Health Trust as Chiefs Issue Apology

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hospital Put Woolly Mittens on Our Baby and Didn't Take Them off for 36 Hours. Family's Claim against Health Trust as Chiefs Issue Apology

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT

A HOSPITAL has apologised and reviewed its procedures after an incident which led to a tiny baby losing part of a finger.

Prematurely-born Richard Robinson lost the blood supply to the top of an index finger after a loop of wool from a mitten allegedly became caught.

This caused the end of the finger from above the nail to die.

Richard's parents, who live in Skelton, are now taking legal action against Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI).

Richard, who was nine weeks' premature, lives with his mum and dad, Nicola Leonard, 26, and Richard Robinson, 31, in Charlotte Street. He was born at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital last November.

Nicola said he was transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital then, when he developed a bowel infection, he was transferred to the RVI where he was put on an intravenous drip. Nicola explained: "They put woollen mittens on him to stop him pulling at the drip.

They didn't take them off for 36 hours.

"On the Saturday morning they telephoned us. They said 'could you come over please?'" When they got to the hospital they went to see baby Richard. "Before they had a chance to say anything I went up to the incubator. I put my hand in his hand and I noticed his right index finger was black at the end," said Nicola.

She claimed a strand of wool had been wrapped around his finger, cutting off the circulation to the end. She said they were now taking legal action against the hospital and any settlement would go into a trust fund for Richard.

"Obviously we don't want it to happen again," she said.

Partner Richard said: "It should never have happened."

Solicitor Ashleigh Holt, of medical negligence specialists Armstrong Foulkes, said: "Richard has been granted Legal Aid to investigate a claim against the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. …

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