A baby dead and another in critical condition after hospital gas mix-up
A newborn baby has died after being administered nitrous oxide instead of oxygen in a Sydney hospital.
Meanwhile, another baby is fighting for its life after receiving the incorrect gas in June.
The tragedy was the result of a faulty line which dispensed the wrong gas and was only discovered after an on-duty doctor noticed that the baby had suddenly died.
Mother of the newborn, Sonya Ghanem, told Australian broadcaster Channel 9: "I said, 'I want to see him.' Just looking at him, shaking. 'My son, wake up,' I would tell him. 'Wake up, wake up. What did they do to you?' "
New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner has ordered a full investigation into what she has described as a “tragic mistake.”
She also noted that the gas lines were checked and certified by gas company BOC ltd and the hospital.
A statement from BOC ltd has said “We deeply regret that these families are suffering pain and sorrow.”
Skinner also reassured the public by adding: “Mothers can feel confident that we have checked every operating theatre, every bay where babies are treated and there are no other examples of this.”