1. Doctors missed ’32 chances’ to save baby Theo’s life before tragic stillbirth.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) April 1, 2017
Paramedics getting lost inside a hospital and an over-heated birthing pool are among 32 mistakes that led to the tragic death of Theo Jones, the Sunday Mirror reports.
Sam Reid, 25, and her partner Dale Jones had enjoyed a “perfect pregnancy” and everything was normal as she went into labour on February 6, 2015. But things began to go wrong within minutes of her arrival at a UK hospital.
An internal investigation was launched and found 32 mistakes were made in the lead-up to Theo’s death.
A midwife gave Sam pain relief drug Meptid after she arrived at the hospital, which should not have been administered during her stage of labour.
Then, the same midwife – who has since retired after being given a formal 12-month suspension – overheated the birthing pool to 38.6 degrees celsius. Official guidelines state birthing pools should not exceed 37.5 degrees.
“I didn’t feel right at all in the pool. I felt like I was going to pass out,” Sam told the Sunday Mirror.
“The midwife kept topping it up with hot water and my partner kept questioning that and she said she was doing it because she needed to. It was scorching.”
In a 54-page report into their son’s death, investigators found the overheated pool caused a blood clot to form and Sam’s placenta to stop working, suffocating baby Theo in the womb.
When the midwife noticed something was going wrong, paramedics were called to transfer the family to another hospital. But a staff member called the wrong number, leading to delays.
Paramedics then took almost three times longer than their ‘target time’ to arrive, and when they finally arrived at the hospital “they didn’t have a clue where they were” and got lost.