Cambridgeshire

Peterborough Hospital midwives 'could have saved baby'

Media captionThe coroner ruled that failure to call in an obstetrician at the appropriate time contributed to Anthony's death

A mother said she felt "badly let down" by a hospital after an inquest heard her 13-day-old baby could have been saved if midwives had acted sooner.

Anthony Hayman died in March 2011 after suffering brain damage and organ failure caused by a lack of oxygen.

The inquest in Norwich found midwives failed to notify doctors that the baby's heart rate had dipped.

Peterborough City Hospital has apologised but said midwives had followed national guidelines.

The baby's mother Ewa Godzsiz, from Peterborough, said it "should have been obvious something was wrong".

The inquest found that if doctors had been notified 30 minutes earlier the baby could have survived and suffered no brain damage at all.

Anthony was born on 16 March but taken into intensive care the next day. He was then moved to a hospice in Norfolk on 24 March and died on 29 March.

'Traumatic labour'

In a narrative verdict, Norfolk coroner William Armstrong ruled that failure to call in an obstetrician at the "appropriate time contributed to Anthony's death".

Mr Armstrong said midwives did not seek the advice despite the "poor" progress of labour eight hours after contractions started.

Image caption Anthony died on 29 March 2011

"Swift" action would have probably increased the chances of Anthony surviving, Mr Armstrong said.

Ms Godzsiz said: "It should have been obvious to the midwives that something was wrong after two hours of traumatic labour with no progress.

"I imagined the birth of my first baby to be a magical moment when I would hold him in my arms but it turned into every mother's nightmare. I feel badly let down by Peterborough City Hospital."

John Hayman, Anthony's father, said: "There was a long list of failings from the start.

"They failed to pick up on the signs that Anthony's heart rate was abnormal and that labour was not progressing properly and they also failed to get Ewa reviewed by a doctor in time."

John Randall, medical director at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said he had met Anthony's parents in August 2011 and apologised on behalf of the trust for the "trauma caused by the incident".

He said: "The care that the midwives delivered was in line with national guidance. No referral was made to the medical staff as it was not felt there was a clinical need to do so.

"We have fully investigated the incident and lessons have been learned."

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