Newborn died from ‘excessive force’ in forceps delivery, coroner rules

Newborn died from ‘excessive force’ in forceps delivery, coroner rules


A newborn boy died at a hospital in England from a brain hemorrhage during a botched forceps delivery which used an “excessive degree of force,” a coroner ruled.

Frederick Joseph Terry, also known as Freddie, was delivered via C-section at a hospital in Essex in November 2019, but died after 40 minutes of unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, BBC News reported, citing the coroner’s findings.

“The evidence showed that baby Freddie’s very serious scalp and brain injuries were sustained during the failed forceps attempted delivery and, but for these, baby Freddie would have survived as a perfectly formed, healthy baby,” coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray wrote in a report to prevent such fatalities in the future.

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“In my opinion there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken,” Beasley-Murray wrote.

The newborn died from hypovolemic shock caused by scalp and brain injuries from birth trauma, Beasley-Murray found.

The report did not identify the hospital, but The Daily Mirror reported

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