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Hospital apologises for baby’s death

An NHS Trust has admitted liability for the death of a baby, who was stillborn in August 2011, reports the BBC.

Deborah Horner gave birth to her stillborn daughter Abbie in St James’ Hospital in Leeds. She had previously had a miscarriage and this fact, together with her age (43) meant that her pregnancy was considered high risk.

However, the care she received in the run up to her delivery was described as falling “far short of the high standards of care” the hospital normally provided, reports the BBC. Record keeping was inaccurate, and a foetal heart trace reading was misinterpreted.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust apologised for its failings, and said an investigation had taken place into what had happened to ensure lessons were learnt from the events leading up to Abbie’s death.

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