Inquest into death after baby suffers skull fractures during c-section birth

Family are hoping for answers.
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An inquest today will hopefully reveal what could have been done to prevent the death of a newborn who died while being born via Caesarean.

Nixon Tonkin lived for only moments after his birth at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2014. The Courier-Mail reports that complications with the birth led the midwife to attempt to free Nixon’s head by pushing with her fingers.

An autopsy revealed Nixon had suffered skull fractures, haemorrhages and brain swelling.

The Brisbane Times reports that an independent expert says that the midwife’s actions were not careless or negligent – the technique she used to free the baby’s head did not usually carry a high risk of injury.

The family’s lawyers issued a statement on their behalf saying:

‘We hope the inquest will reveal what could have been done to help prevent Nixon’s death and make recommendations to prevent future tragedies of this sort.

‘The family would also like to take this opportunity to raise awareness about Ryan’s Rule, which can be invoked to get help and a second opinion for a patient in hospital when the patient or their family are concerned that they are getting worse, not doing as well as expected or not improving.’

More news as the story develops.


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