Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'We Hope No Family Has to Suffer like We Have' PARENTS OF BABY NOAH SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR ANSWERS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'We Hope No Family Has to Suffer like We Have' PARENTS OF BABY NOAH SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR ANSWERS

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON david.robson@trinitymirror.com @daverobson_gaz

THE heartbroken mum and dad of Noah Finn, who died after complications during his birth, say they hope no other parents have to suffer a similar ordeal.

But they say it remains a "mystery" how Noah came to be injured during delivery - and they will continue to press for answers.

An inquest this week heard how Sarah Reed gave birth to Noah at James Cook University Hospital on January 6, 2016, following a forceps delivery.

After his birth, Noah couldn't breathe for himself and so was put on a ventilator in the neonatal intensive care unit, but he died there on February 17.

Following Noah's death, Sarah, 30, of Acklam, instructed specialist medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and help gain answers about whether it could have been prevented.

A two-day inquest at Teesside Coroner's Court heard how during Noah's labour, an attempt to manually rotate his head failed, leading to a forceps delivery.

Once Noah was delivered, damage to his spinal cord was found, meaning he was unable to use his diaphragm to inflate his lungs.

Teesside senior coroner Clare Bailey gave a narrative verdict that Noah died of rare complications of Kielland's forceps delivery.

Ms Bailey also praised Sarah, and Noah's father, Martyn Finn, for their bravery and courage.

Mental health nurse Sarah, who has been with healthcare assistant Martyn for five years, said: "We are still, and will forever remain, heartbroken at losing Noah.

"Through my pregnancy, I was told I was low risk. Noah was very active right up until delivery and all signs pointed towards a healthy baby being born.

"However the labour was very distressing and I knew something wasn't right.

"Due to Noah's positioning during labour, I was told not to push but it felt like I was going against my body by not pushing.

"Whilst this inquest has brought both Martyn and I some answers, it unfortunately remains a mystery to us how he came to suffer such catastrophic injuries. …

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