A stillborn child was “left to rot” for six days on a hospital flooring as an alternative of being taken to a mortuary, her mom has revealed.
The child woman was washed and dressed and handed to her mother and father following the Caesarean supply at Medway Maritime Hospital however then ignored by employees.
“It will hang-out me for the remainder of my life,” stated the 31-yr-previous mom, who doesn’t need to be named.
The hospital stated it had launched new tips to cease it occurring once more.
The mom stated her daughter, who was born in April 2014, was put in a chilly cot, which retains the infant’s physique cool to permit mother and father to spend time with their youngster.
The infant was later transferred to a transport cot, which doesn’t maintain the physique cool, to be taken for a publish mortem examination. Nevertheless, it was not taken to the mortuary.
“The hospital apparently solely had one chilly cot however one other child was in it,” she stated.
“She was in a transport cot on the ground.
“They completely forgot about her and left her to rot.
“She did not take a breath however she was nonetheless a human being and she or he had the fitting to be handled the best way she ought to have been.”
The mom, who took authorized motion towards the hospital, has acquired a “passable settlement”.
Her solicitors, Fairweathers, stated the error was observed solely when Nice Ormond Road Hospital, who perform the submit-mortem examinations, requested the place the child was.
Medway Maritime, which is in particular measures, stated it was extraordinarily sorry and acknowledged its failings.
“Because of this incident…we have employed the providers of a bereavement midwife to offer specialist help to our employees, and to assist grieving households in co-ordinating bereavement care,” stated Dot Smith, head of midwifery and gynaecology.
“We may also be unveiling a brand new bereavement suite this autumn for households who expertise a stillbirth or lose a toddler shortly after delivery.”
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