THE death of a baby girl from Omagh five years ago has led to calls for a major review into the care of pregnant women within the Western Trust.
It followed a complex three-day Inquest during which a total of 18 witnesses, including medical staff and experts, gave evidence at the Coroner’s Court sitting in Laganside, Belfast.
Coroner Patrick McGurgan found that the cause of death for baby Clara Rose Hyndman-Stewart died on September 1, 2014 was a stillbirth, due to an intrauterine infection caused by Group B Streptococcus and Postmaturity, Nuchal Cord, Small for Gestational age.
Mr McGurgan praised the dignity and fortitude which had been displayed by Clara’s parents, Clare and Robert.
But he described as ‘inexplicable’ the fact that practises operated by the five Health Trusts and even individual hospitals were not uniform.
He is to write to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health on the issue and also severely criticised the Western Trust for the manner in which it had informed Clara’s parents about an investigation into their daughter’s death. The Western Trust has apologised for the error.
Mrs Stewart-Hyndman and her husband say they hope that the findings of the Inquest will improve medical treatment for pregnant mothers and babies.
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