Baby’s life could have been saved

Thursday, 16 February 2017

A CORONER said last week that four opportunities were missed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to save the life of a Broughshane couple's unborn child.
Baby Mila Millar was still-born on April 10, 2013 in Antrim Area Hospital.
On Friday (February 8) in Laganside Court, Coroner Suzanne Anderson, ruled baby Mila died as a result of hypoxia due to intrauterine growth restriction and intrauterine infection.
The baby's parents were present in court for the findings of the Inquest, which had been held two weeks previously.
The Coroner said since Baby Mila's death the Northern Health Trust have addressed areas and made changes with a "person centred" approach at the core of their treatments.
She added: "All staff have since been advised to assess risk factors and a triage system has been implemented which allows patients level of risk to be determined.''
She added: "I hope Mr and Mrs Millar know that lessons have been learned and this will hopefully save the lives of others."
The Coroner also said she would be sending her findings from the Inquest to the Chief Medical Officer, so it is disseminated to all the other Trusts across Northern Ireland.
A spokesperson for the Northern Trust said: "The Trust accepted the findings of the Inquest and again offers its sincere sympathy and unreserved apologies to the Millar family.
“The Trust undertook a full, external investigation following this tragic event and identified learning was shared with Trusts across Northern Ireland. All recommendations have now been implemented."
The full inquest into the death of Baby Mila from Broughshane, took place on in Ballymena on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24 and 25.
During the Inquest statements were heard from Mr and Mrs Millar, medical staff at Antrim Area Hospital and experts in the field of obstetrics.


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