Fam­ily wins sub­stan­tial com­pen­sa­tion af­ter new­born was starved of oxy­gen

Birmingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­son Stacey Health Cor­re­spon­dent

THE par­ents of a new­born baby who died af­ter be­ing starved of oxy­gen at birth have won a sub­stan­tial pay­out.

Myles Oak­ley was born on May 7 2015 at Rus­sells Hall Hos­pi­tal in Dud- ley with ir­re­versible brain dam­age af­ter dis­tress dur­ing labour and needed to be re­sus­ci­tated. Less than 24 hours later his par­ents made the ag­o­nis­ing de­ci­sion to turn off his life sup­port ma­chine.

“The agony of los­ing Myles is some­thing that nei­ther of us will fully ever get over,” said mother Louise Oak­ley. “Nearly three years on, I’m still an­gry with not only the care we re­ceived but the way we were treated by the hos­pi­tal.”

A damn­ing re­port by the Dud­ley Ma­ter­nity Qual­ity Im­prove­ment Board found se­ri­ous fail­ings in the ma­ter­nity unit in­clud­ing slow re­sponses to ur­gent sit­u­a­tions and lack of se­nior pae­di­atric sup­port.

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