Mum’s Grief: Medics Left 22 Week Very PreTerm Baby to Die

Baby Tom fought for life for 46 minutes before dying in his mother’s arms. Mother’s fury over ‘no revival’ policy after seeing 22-week-old son die despite his 46min battle to live (dailymail.co.uk, 16 March 2011) Fri, 18 Mar 2011 A 22-week-old pre-term baby fought for life for 46 minutes but died in his mother’s arms after hospital staff refused to treat him. Tracy Godwin gave birth to her son Tom on 6 March last year when she was in the 22nd week of her pregnancy. But the 31-year-old was left aghast when medics at Southend University NHS Hospital refused to help her son. She had not been told that the hospital does not intervene with babies born under 23 weeks. Describing the experience she said: “They put him in my arms and he cried and was wriggling around. I could feel him breathing and see his eyelashes and fingers and toes. “But I kept thinking, ‘Where’s the incubator?’ We were begging the midwives to do something to help him but no one was saying anything. He was not stillborn, he was trying to live. “If they had tried for an hour and said they couldn’t do anything more for him or he was severely brain damaged, that would have been different, but he wasn’t given a chance.” Miss Godwin, who was administered the painkiller pethedine, added: “Because of the drug I wasn’t myself and I keep thinking if I hadn’t taken it and withstood the pain, maybe I would have had more fight in me to demand a doctor”. “We never saw one. It was a disgrace. I just...