St Michael's Hospital inquiry into baby's brain damage
- 19 April 2012
- From the section Bristol
An investigation has begun at a Bristol hospital after a baby born there suffered brain damage.
Ollie Lewis had to be resuscitated after he was delivered at St Michael's Hospital with the umbilical cord around his neck eight weeks ago.
Doctors treating him say he could have only months to live.
The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said staff were working to ensure his parents Charmaine Malcolm and Neil Lewis were supported.
Ms Malcolm and Mr Lewis, from Weston-super-Mare, said hospital staff had told them that Ollie had been starved of oxygen.
'More than heartbreaking'
The couple, who are looking after their son at home, said they wanted the hospital to answer their questions about what had happened.
Mr Lewis said: "We've had our life put completely on hold, we can't work, we can't go out and do normal things, because we just have to be here for him and do what we can."
Ms Malcolm added: "You wake up every day thinking it could be the last... it's horrible.
"It's more than heartbreaking."
The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust said it was conducting a full investigation to find out what had happened and would share the findings with the family.
A spokesman said the trust was in close contact with Ms Malcolm and Mr Lewis, and clinical staff were working to ensure they had all the support and guidance they needed.