Mum Of Stillborn Baby Left To Grieve On Maternity Ward With New Mothers

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

A mum who was forced to deliver her own stillborn baby had to grieve on a maternity ward packed with new mothers because the hospital's bereavement suite was being used for storage.

Kerry Watson delivered her lifeless little boy Cameron naturally after hospital staff ignored a scan which revealed he was being starved of oxygen in the womb.

Kerry, 28, and husband Craig, 27, were then left to recover on a ward at

in West Yorkshire alongside new mums because the bereavement suite was being used to store documents.

Kerry said: "I was in labour for 24 hours and for most of this time, we were left alone. I felt that the staff didn't want to face us and we were totally unsupported through the process.

"This was the most horrendous experience of my life but to top it off, midwives said the only place available for me to recover was on the ward with all the new mums.

"There was no way I could do it so we were sent home."

Over the course of a week in December 2012 to January 2013, the couple, from Normanton, West Yorkshire, visited both Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals asking staff to check their baby as they had concerns about his lack of movement.

Both midwives and doctors who examined Kerry on a number of occasions failed to spot something was wrong despite the faint heartbeat.

During one visit on January 3, after Kerry had started to feel very unwell, she 'begged' the doctor to deliver her baby, fearing something was seriously wrong. It was arranged for her to go to Pinderfields Hospital the next day to be induced.

When she arrived, staff were not aware of her appointment and it was more than two hours before she was scanned. It was at that point she was told Cameron's heart had stopped beating because he had been starved of oxygen in the womb.

After she delivered her son, she was told by midwives that the only place available for her to recover was on the labour ward alongside new mothers.

Kerry said: "We begged and pleaded with the doctors to help save him but we were completely ignored."

An investigation by the trust found Cameron would have survived if a doctor had reacted more quickly to the abnormal heartbeat.

It also revealed concerns about the attitude of the consultant who dealt with the couple who was described as 'unprofessional and rude'.

Kerry added: "It's something we have to live with day in day out knowing that if it wasn't for someone else we would have our own little boy at home with us."

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted liability.

In a statement, the trust said there were failings in the care given to Cameron and his family.

Dr Richard Jenkins, the trust's medical director, said: "While sadly we cannot change the outcome for Cameron we believe the steps we have taken will minimise the risk of a similar tragedy occurring in the future."

Anna Bosley, a specialist medical lawyer at Irwin Mitchell's Leeds office who represents Kerry and Craig said: "This couple has been devastated by the loss of their son Cameron and they understandably wanted answers about what went wrong.

"Whilst we welcome the fact that the Trust has admitted responsibility, we back the couple's calls for proof from the trust that improvements have been made to maternity services to protect patient safety and prevent the same catalogue of failings being made again."


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