Newborn baby girl reportedly dies after midwife slipped and dropped her moments after her birth
An inquest has begun into the death of a baby girl at the hands of the nurse who dropped her on her head minutes after she was born.
An inquest has begun into the death of a baby girl at the hands of the nurse who dropped her on her head minutes after she was born, reports the Daily Mail.
Brieaan Keldie, the mother of the dead baby girl, called Gladstone Hospital in Queensland at 10:05 pm on February 10, 2016, after she started having painful contractions. She revealed that she had utterly disregarded advice to stay at home until her water broke and chose to drive directly to the hospital, where she delivered baby Millah at 11:31 pm.
Keldie revealed that she was already in the process of giving birth when she was transferred to the birthing suite, and her baby had been passed on from one midwife to another, identified as Gabrielle Matamoros. When Matamoros realized that the baby was not breathing, she immediately took her to a Resuscitaire machine. Strangely the machine was missing the adapter which linked the tubes to the breathing device.
Keldie told at the inquest that the midwife was taking Millah into another birthing suite with a working machine when she heard a "thump and a slap." According to reports by 9News, Matamoros told the inquest, "'I had the baby in my hands. I had slipped – fell to my knees – and the baby had come out of my hands." When she was asked by the magistrate about why there was no bassinet to take the baby, the midwife revealed that the hospital didn't keep them in the rooms.
John Aberdeen, Counsel Assisting, said Millah managed to get stabilized to a certain degree, but she died at approximately 4.55 am. As per reports, a coroner is supposed to hear whether a group b streptococcus infection, birth trauma or Meconium aspiration were responsible for the child's death.
Keldie said outside court: "We just want the best outcome at this point, for the Queensland Health Services and the mothers and the babies." The baby's father, Adam Rolston, said, "It hasn't been easy at all. We just keep plodding along."