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Doctor's 'Fundamental Error' Cost Baby's Life

Tuesday June 4 2013


Hospital doctor's error cost baby's life, inquest hears Hospital doctor's error cost baby's life, inquest hears


AN inquest into the death of a baby girl heard that a doctor made a ‘fundamental error’ by not replacing a premature baby’s breathing tube as her stomach swelled with air.

Little Summer Hawcroft was on a ventilator in Barnsley Hospital’s special care baby unit in May 2011 when the essential tube dislodged - starving her lungs of oxygen.

This caused a cardiac arrest but she was successfully revived. She died a matter of weeks later, aged just 49 days old.

Her inquest at Sheffield Coroner's Court was told that Dr Vishwanath Kamoji - who was the senior doctor treating Summer on May 4 - had made a ‘fundamental clinical error’ by not removing Summer’s breathing tube early enough.

Summer was born prematurely at 27 weeks to Michaela Hawcroft, 26, and her husband Stephen, 37, of Kendray.

A coroner is to ask the police to investigate a doctor whose error led to the death of the baby.

Coroner Chris Dorries said: “I find this an immensely difficult decision because I appreciate life can be difficult for doctors when acting in emergency situations.

"But overall I take the view that the delay was extraordinary, and it is a matter where I should ask the police to review the facts.”

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Reply Posted by les on Sunday June 16 2013 at 01:46
I just hope the mechanic who fixes my brakes doesnt forget to put the brake pads in