Charlie Jermyn died of sepsis after two midwives failed to assist mum.

Charlie died of suspected sepsis, a condition where the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs.

UK Mum Hayley says she was turned away from the Royal Cornwall Hospital after five hours on the maternity ward. She was told she was not ready for labour.

As a result Charlie was born in the toilet at their home in Penryn Cornwall.

But it’s what happened next that has left mum Hayley reeling.

The inquest heard, a midwife who came to visit Charlie in the hours after he was born missed two clear indicators he was unwell.

Charlie wasn’t feeding and was extremely sleepy.

He was also making grunting noises.

Instead of admitting mum and bub to hospital, the midwife failed to act.

Speaking at the inquest, head microbiologist Dr James Gray said Charlie “would probably have survived if he had been born in hospital and had access to treatment.”

Outside the inquest, The Sun reports mum Hayley said: “Charlie had a very invasive infection but he didn’t get given the chance to even try and fight it. Errors were made, wrong judgement calls and all we as a family have left is why?

“If lessons can be learnt so no other family have to walk this path then it is a positive. But nothing will ever make it right, or bring back our beautiful baby boy.

“Not a day goes by where we don’t question why? Why us? Why our baby? Did we miss something?

“Why didn’t I protect him from the illness? Why didn’t I protect the children from witnessing him collapse and CPR?”

Share your comments below.

  • This is simply heartbreaking ..prayers and thoughts for the family.
    RIP sweet little angel. x


  • Oh this is so very sad such a tragedy that didn’t need to happen. My heart breaks for this poor woman.


  • Very sad – new mums rely on professionals to advise them if they are worrying about nothing or if they should see a doctor. This baby should still be here


  • that would be so stressful and an anxious time for all involved!


  • Absolutely terrible! I hope the hospital has to pay for what they did in some way. Not only turning her away so her bub was born in the toilet, but for the midwife’s neglect. Now the family has to live with this for the rest of their lives. Truly devastating.


  • This poor family! My newborn baby was tested for sepsis as she had those same symptoms and I had been unwell in the weeks prior to delivery. She was so sleepy she didn’t even wake when they had to prod her with needles multiple times as they couldn’t find a vein. I can’t imagine how horrible and helpless they must have felt and the pain they have to live with.


  • Very sad to think he should be alive.


  • So sad and to think it couldve been prevented.


  • This is such a sad and tragic story.


  • this is so sad and totally unavoidable.


  • How awful. This family has been severely let down by the health system and have paid the ultimate price.


  • How very heartbreaking.
    My Auntie had her children in the UK and at the time they had massive over crowding in the maternity wards so if you had previous had a baby and your pregnancy was low risk they were asking you to have your baby at home. My Aunt did but her child was born needing hospital medical treatment but by the time they got him to hospital it was too late and he suffered brain damage. Tragic when you think if he had been born in a hospital I would have been a normal child.


  • So sad that this child died needlessly due to poor & neglectful duty on behalf of the nursing staff & doctors of this hospital


  • Nothing said can lessen the grieve for the loss of a newborn. What I don’t understand is was she properly assess before sending her home? And during the midwife home visit, for a baby born into the toilet, the primary concern should be both mum and baby should be admitted to maternity unit for observations, especially the baby. Condolences to the family.


  • So very sad. Rip little baby


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