One-day-old baby died in Sheffield hospital after ‘catastrophic’ brain haemorrhage

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, The Jessop Wing.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, The Jessop Wing.
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A one-day-old premature baby died in hospital in Sheffield as a result of a ‘catastrophic’ brain haemorrhage, an inquest has heard.

William Cox was born in Scunthorpe Hospital last August and transferred to the Jessop Wing at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital later that day for specialist care.

He was born prematurely at just 26 weeks, an age at which only around 70 per cent of babies survive.

William had initially appeared to be stable at both Scunthorpe Hospital and for the first night of his stay in Sheffield.

He had required five minutes of CPR in the first few hours at Scunthorpe Hospital, but was in a stable condition when transferred to Sheffield.

But an inquest at Sheffield’s Medico-Legal Centre heard that on the morning of August 10, little more than 24 hours after he had been born, William suffered a brain haemorrhage from which he did not recover.

Dr Alan Gibson, a consultant haematologist who works on the Jessop Wing, said around 30 minutes before William died, staff had needed to readjust a tube was helping him to breathe.

He said this may have contributed to the timing of the haemorrhage happening when it did, but would not have caused it.

Dr Gibson said there was nothing that could have been done to save William, whose family are from Brigg in North Lincolnshire, and staff had taken what precautionary measures they could.

“When these haemorrhages do happen, there is nothing that can be done to stop them,” he said.

He said William had appeared relatively healthy for his age and size prior to the ‘catastrophic’ haemorrhage.

“The way William presented, this very sudden and acute trauma is a very rare occurrence,” he said.

Assistant coroner Louise Slater said in narrative verdict: “He died as a result of complications associated with his prematurity.”