Tuesday 20 February 2018

HSE probes the death of baby after delivery by C-section

Eilish O’Regan

THE HSE has launched a review into the death of a baby boy after he was delivered by caesarean section.

It will examine the availability of an operating theatre among all other circumstances of the child’s death.

The mother was in labour in Cavan General Hospital last week when a decision was made to deliver the baby by caesarean section.

However it is understood another C-section was already being carried out in the hospital’s main theatre – so another theatre had to be made ready.

When the baby boy was born, he was critically ill. He was taken to the National Neonatal Unit in the Rotunda where he died a short time later.

The HSE has expressed its condolences to the baby’s parents and said it would closely examine the circumstances of the case.

It said that as part of that, a clinical incident review will be called out which will involve a multi-disciplinary team.

It will examine all aspects of the care provided to mother and baby.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: “The HSE wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the parents of the deceased infant. The HSE has offered support to the parents. The coroner has been notified, as per policy.

“As is normal procedure, the HSE will closely examine the circumstances. A clinical incident review is being planned.”

Infant mortality rates are low in Ireland, at less than four in 1,000 births.

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