Bereaved mum saves another baby's life

Bereaved mum's gift of life

Francis Batt

Bereaved mum saves another baby's life

A courageous mum whose baby died after a prolonged delivery gave the go-ahead within moments for his heart valve to be used to save another life.

Jade Mitchell's bravery was revealed by her husband Keith today, moments after he heard Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford record that their baby son Zachary had died from injuries received during the delivery at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough.

Keith, who lives with Jade in Oxford Road, Windsor, said: "We learned last week that another baby's life has been saved as a result of Jade's kindness in agreeing to the organ donation."

The three-day inquest into baby Zachary's death was held at Windsor's Guildhall, ending today after the coroner heard from a dozen witnesses - in person and through statements.

The baby's death - on November 8, 2010 shocked the team present at his delivery. It had been an exceptionally difficult delivery because the baby was in the wrong position with his shoulder where his head should be.

A subsequent post-mortem revealed he had suffered fractures to his skull and torn veins. But expert witnesses at the inquest said the difficult nature of the delivery made the risk of such injuries impossible to avoid.

In his summary, the coroner said: "Such trauma is a recognised complication of a difficult vaginal delivery even when the team applies reasonable force and methods."

He found that Zachary had probably died moments after delivery. He said the hospital had missed an opportunity to tell Jade to come in earlier in the night, when she first phoned expressing concern that she was bleeding. A subsequent internal report has accepted this and also agreed a senior doctor should have seen her sooner on admission.

But neither of these things were found to have contributed to Zachary's death.

Jade was absent from the inquest. She was with her and Keith's new son Sebastian.

He is a few weeks old and was born prematurely but Keith said: "He is doing well and is coming home next week."

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