Coroner’s Office probe into baby boy’s traumatic birth

Royal Victoria Hospital

Royal Victoria Hospital

The traumatic birth of a baby at the Royal Victoria Hospital last week is being investigated by the Coroner’s Office, it has been confirmed.

Baby Liam James was born at the maternity unit last week, and his father Patrick McCormack spoke of the horrific moment he saw his son’s head come away from his body while being delivered.

It is thought the baby, who had been given only a small percentage chance of survival, was dead at the point of delivery but his parents Patrick and Louise, who told UTV they repeatedly asked for a Caesarean, have called for an inquest into the circumstances.

A spokeswoman for the Coroner’s Office confirmed that an investigation is underway and a decision on whether to grant an inquest will be taken after it is completed.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out, the Belfast Trust said yesterday.

In a statement last week a spokesperson for the trust expressed their deepest sympathies to the baby’s family.

After seeing the story last week a former midwife contacted the News Letter to express her concern at what had happened.

Elizabeth Davidson, who worked as a midwife in central Africa, said she was completely shocked that the incident had taken place.

“In all my time I never heard of or saw something like that happening in central Africa, never mind somewhere in Belfast,” said the 68-year-old.

“It’s horrendous. How will that family ever forget that?”


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