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Thursday 17 April 2014

Hospitals contact more families over baby deaths

Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise

A FAMILY whose baby died in Portlaoise hospital's maternity unit in 2006 has finally been contacted and given the report of an investigation into the child's death.

Another family, whose child almost died in similar circumstance in 2009, was also contacted by the hospital in recent days and told of a report that was carried out into the incident.

The moves follow revelations that four babies died in the maternity unit over six years because of failures in recognising and acting on signs of foetal distress while their mothers were in labour.

The children suffered from lack of oxygen after their mothers were given the drug syntocino to speed up labour, which can lead to a further drop in oxygen.

A spokeswoman for the hospital told the Irish Independent yesterday that contact has now been made with all known families involved.

She said the helpline set up by the hospital had received 86 calls since it was set up. A clinical team is now reviewing the files of babies whose families rang in the wake of the revelations, the spokeswoman added.

Irish Independent

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