British actor Jamie King who lost his son five days after his wife’s caesarean says he will not stop fighting for justice, after an inquest found his baby died because the C-section was delayed by 12 hours.
The Tudors and Mad Men actor has urged other parents to take notes throughout childbirth so “no one can twist your story” after saying he believed “covering up mistakes is still a very common practice” in the NHS.
King and his wife, Canadian actress Tamara Podemski, 39, welcomed their son Benjamin to the world in May last year. At the time of Benjamin’s birth, Podemski was already 14 days overdue and was classified as having a high-risk pregnancy. She had been due to undergo a caesarean at 8pm on May 4 last year but that procedure was delayed until 8am the following day after another case was given priority.
Podemski was then rushed back to hospital at 5am the next morning before her scheduled caesarean, experiencing prolonged contractions. Benjamin came into the world just two hours later via emergency c-section, dying five days after the birth.
On Tuesday, Avon Coroner’s Court ruled baby Benjamin was born in “poor condition” and died due to a delay in his delivery at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, England.
In a statement, 35-year-old King criticised the NHS in the UK, alleging an inquest into his son's death heard "misremembered stories, altered accounts, deflection and diversion".
"Left with so many unresolved issues and unanswered questions we feel compelled to appeal directly to expectant parents in the hope that this does not happen to them," he said.