A BABY who died at just 17 hours old did not die because of gross negligence by hospital staff, a coroner has ruled.
Millie Horan was born at Dewsbury District Hospital on July 14 three years ago, but developed severe internal bleeding and died just 17 hours later.
A two-day Bradford inquest heard that staff made a number of blunders during her mum Donna Anderson's long labour.
Mistakes included failing to monitor the baby’s heart properly and not delivering her baby quickly enough.
The inquest also heard that the doctor who delivered Millie went against guidelines by pulling more times on the ventouse, a device attached to the baby’s head to aid delivery, than he was advised to.
A post-mortem revealed that Millie's injuries were consistent with a traumatic delivery.
But deputy assistant coroner Paul Marks said that despite these errors he was satisfied there was no evidence to suggest that the staff had been seriously negligent or committed manslaughter.
Millie, the first child for Miss Anderson, 25, and her partner, Shaun Horan, 24, both from Ravensthorpe, was born after her mother was rushed to theatre for delivery when staff became concerned about the baby's erratic heart rate and were having difficulty monitoring it because of faulty equipment.
After a delay while staff waited for test results on the baby Miss Anderson’s doctor, Anthony Odusanya, tried to deliver Millie using the ventouse.
When he was unsuccessful he performed an emergency caesarean section, but the baby was born blue and had to be resuscitated.
Mr Marks read out a joint statement from two leading obstetricians, professors Andrew Calder and Ian Greer.
They said: “If an excessive number of pulls on the ventouse were applied this would be consistent in a deterioration of care.’’
But they said the staff's standard of care was not poor enough to make them guilty of serious negligence and manslaughter.
Mr Marks said: “The professionals who conducted the ventouse used appropriate obstetric management.’’
Recording a narrative verdict as Miss Anderson wept he said: “I have considered the possibility of unlawful killing and there is no basis for this. Nor is there any basis for misadventure aggravated by neglect.’’
“Millie died as a result of massive bleeding and shock, following foetal distress before she was born. Her birth trauma may have been contributed to by an attempt at ventouse delivery.”