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Baby dies in hospital due to poor care

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After a baby died in April 2012 due to a fractured skull, a coroner has said that this could have been prevented by better care. On the day of baby Frank Gamble’s birth, hospital staff tried to deliver him with forceps and called for a caesarean section after their third failed attempt at delivery. Soon after he was delivered, Frank died from a brain bleed at Colchester General Hospital in Essex. Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray strongly believes that this could have been prevented had they opted for a caesarean after their first failed attempt.

Despite the coroner believing that “if appropriate care had been provided Frank might have survived”, the family of the baby felt that the coroner was not critical enough of the hospital. Blaming the hospital for this tragic loss, Frank’s parents would like to have seen more done about the accident.

Consultant is now on restricted duties

Consultant Prof Mohammad Khaled — who oversaw the delivery of Frank Gamble — has been put onto restricted duties at the hospital. He told media that he had carried out hundreds of deliveries with forceps, prior to the delivery of baby Frank, and had never had any problems.

A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said: “We continue to work with staff to ensure they always aim for safe, high quality care, and always learn where improvements are needed.

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