Mum Hopes For Answers After Son Pronounced Dead 40 Minutes After Emergency Caesarean
A mum whose baby died minutes after being born at Wales’ Prince Charles Hospital is hoping an upcoming inquest will provide vital answers regarding her son’s death.
Jenson Francis was delivered in a poor condition by emergency caesarean nearly 16 hours after his mum was induced by staff at the hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.
Despite attempts to resuscitate him, Jenson was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.
Following his death, Jenson’s mum Tiffany, instructed expert medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the care she and her son received under Cwm Taf University Health Board, which runs the hospital.
An inquest is now due to take place this month.
Expert Opinion“Jenson’s death has had a profound effect on Tiffany and all the family who are all still struggling to come to terms with what has happened.
They have a number of questions about the care Tiffany and Jenson received after they were admitted to hospital and hope that the inquest process will provide them with the vital answers they deserve.”
Richard Sweetman - Associate Solicitor
Tiffany, of Mountain Ash, and her partner James were expecting their first child.
She attended Prince Charles Hospital for a planned induced labour on 18 June 2018. However, she was sent home after her it was postponed for two days.
The following day she returned to hospital after her waters broke. Following an examination she was sent home to return the following day as planned.
Tiffany was admitted to hospital and induced at approximately 1.30pm on 20 June. She was transferred to Prince Charles Hospital’s labour ward at around 7:30pm.
Over the following hours a number of checks were carried out by staff.
Staff then decided to carry out an emergency caesarean. Jenson was delivered at 5.20am on 21 June, but died shortly after.
Tiffany said: “It is almost impossible to describe the pain all of us feel over Jenson’s death.
All I can hope for now is that the inquest process can at least provide me with answers to the questions I have about what happened during my labour.”
An inquest is due to take place at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on 14 May 2019 and is listed for three days.
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