Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Couple Are Still Looking for Answers into Baby's Death

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Couple Are Still Looking for Answers into Baby's Death

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior Reporter

A GRIEVING couple are still seeking answers into the death of their newborn baby after an inquest was abruptly ended.

Peter and Paula Brady have waited anxiously for 19 months to find out why their baby, Lincoln, was declared dead 38 minutes after being born at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

It is thought he died as a result of hypoxia, a lack of oxygen, following a traumatic breech birth. The inquest at Teesside Coroner's Court was brought to an early end after a medical expert said he believed baby Lincoln had died before delivery.

The hearing had earlier been told that Paula Brady, who is in her thirties, had a previous diffi-cult birth which left her with a damaged coccyx.

Despite being in an unusual amount of pain when she went to hospital in August, 2014, she was deemed low risk, and placed on the low-risk delivery unit.

The inquest was told that it took 15 minutes from Lincoln's foot being exposed until he was fully born.

But the hearing, scheduled for three days came to an end yesterday after just one day when an independent neonatologist said, that in his expert opinion, baby Lincoln was dead before he was delivered.

As a result of his evidence, under English law the coroner had no choice, but to conclude a verdict that it was a still birth.

The Brady's legal team accepted that the coroner's hands "were tied by legislation".

But the Guisborough couple are now seeking advice on taking legal action against South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust.

And acting senior coroner for Teesside, Clare Bailey, is planning to issue a report to the trust asking what action the trust is taking around training and reaction for breech presentation. Ms Bailey wants low-risk women to get the same kind of monitoring as high risk mumsto-be "to prevent other circumstances like this arising". …

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