Hos­pi­tal acts af­ter tragic baby’s death

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH: - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE HOS­PI­TAL has brought in ex­tra mea­sures af­ter a baby died aged just seven days fol­low­ing a bleed on the brain.

Ru­fus My­cock ap­peared to be ‘per­fectly nor­mal’ fol­low­ing a ‘dif­fi­cult’ birth at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 18, 2014, an in­quest at Mac­cles­field Coro­ner’s Court heard.

But the baby took a turn for the worse at home five days later and was taken to Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal where a scan re­vealed he had a bleed on his brain.

He was trans­ported to Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal to un­dergo emer­gency surgery but died on Oc­to­ber 25.

The in­quest heard the hos­pi­tal has brought in ex­tra mea­sures since the baby’s death but that noth­ing could have been done to save him.

Ru­fus was born af­ter a ‘Ven­touse’ de­liv­ery – a vac­uum as­sisted de­liv­ery.

Coro­ner Ni­cholas Rhein­berg could not con­clude the baby died from nat­u­ral causes due to the fact that there was a Ven­touse de­liv­ery, but laid no blame on the hos­pi­tal for Ru­fus’s death.

Pathol­o­gist Dr Me­lanie New­bould told the court that Ru­fus’s cause of death was a large bleed on the brain, lead­ing to a de­crease in oxy­gen in the blood sup­ply and sub­se­quent brain dam­age, and a blood-clot­ting pro­tein de­fi­ciency con­sis­tent with haemophilia fol­low­ing a Ven­touse de­liv­ery.

Coro­ner Ni­cholas Rhein­berg said: “The cause of death has been dif­fi­cult to fully in­ter­pret, on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­ity I ac­cept the ex­pert opin­ion of Dr New­bould.

“Bear­ing in mind there was an in­stru­ment as­so­ci­ated with Ru­fus’s death I don’t re­gard it as nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring and con­clude Ru­fus died by mis­ad­ven­ture, an un­in­tended con­se­quence of an in­tended act.”

An East Cheshire NHS Trust spokesman said changes brought in at the hos­pi­tal since the death were to do with in­ter­nal mat­ters, not the treat­ment baby Ru­fus re­ceived.

He said: “We would like to ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thies to Ru­fus’s fam­ily.

“A re­view of Ru­fus’s care iden­ti­fied some learn­ing for our staff re­lat­ing to timely com­mu­ni­ca­tion and doc­u­men­ta­tion but did not find any sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns re­lat­ing to the treat­ment he re­ceived.

“Our thoughts are with Ru­fus’s fam­ily.”

Ru­fus’s par­ents, Matthew and Hazel, from Leek, and their fam­ily have raised £20,000 for the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal char­ity since his death and are con­tin­u­ing to raise funds.

●● Ru­fus My­cock

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