An inquest is being held into the death of a baby who was dropped on her head by a nurse just minutes after she was born.

Brieaan Keldie called Gladstone Hospital, in Queensland at 10.05pm on February 10, 2016, as she was having painful contractions.

Disregarding advice to stay at home until her waters broke, Ms Keldie went in and her daughter Millah was born at 11.31pm.

The inquest was told baby Millah was passed from one midwife to another.

When midwife, Gabrielle Matamoros, realised Millah was not breathing she took her to a Resuscitaire machine.

However she noticed that the machine was missing the adapter which linked the tubes to the breathing device.

The midwife was taking Millah into another birthing suite with a working machine when Ms Keldie told the inquest she heard a ‘thump and a slap’, shares Daily Mail.

Ms Matamoros told the inquest, according to 9 News: ‘I had the baby in my hands. I had slipped – fell to my knees – and the baby had come out of my hands.’

When asked by the magistrate why the baby wasn’t taken to the other room in a bassinet, she said that the hospital didn’t keep them in the rooms.

John Aberdeen, Counsel Assisting, said Millah was stabilised to a certain degree but she died at 4.55am.

The inquest is being held to determine whether the drop had anything to do with the infant’s death.

A coroner will hear whether a group b streptococcus infection, birth trauma or Meconium aspiration were responsible for the child’s death.

Ms Keldie said outside court: ‘We just want the best outcome at this point, for the Queensland Health Services and the mothers and the babies.’

The baby’s father, Adam Rolston, said ‘It hasn’t been easy at all. We just keep plodding along.’

The inquest continues.

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  • I don’t understand why they had to mention that the Mum had gone to the hospital early. Who is to say her waters would have broken and her have time to get to the hospital before the baby was born.


  • This is a very sad story for everyone involved :(


  • This is just dreadful for the family and the midwife must feel terrible about it.


  • So sad, so tragic. My prayers are with the family and the midwife. Please MOM, post the follow up report on this so I know the outcome from the coroners report. Thank you


  • Such a terrible ordeal to go through.


  • So, so sad for everyone.


  • what a horrible devastatin accident


  • What a tragic accident. Poor parents, their heart must ache so badly. Poor midwife, she will carry the guilt with her for the rest of her life.


  • That poor family..
    Its terrible that the hospital doesnt have a crib for a baby. How does the baby get transported to the maternity ward after delivery.
    Why wasnt the machine complete? Surely they would have everything fixed before hand due to any complications. Such as what as happened. Baby not breathing.
    Hope the family gets answers and some sort of payment. Seems like the hospital is at fault. Just one too many mistakes.


  • What a tragedy!


  • Such a sad story. Poor mum and poor midwife (I’m sure she will feel the guilt for the rest of her life too). They really have to change their practices so this never happens again.


  • Oh my. That’s really terrible. Poor family. Incredible that they don’t keep bassinets in that hospital.


  • Such a very unfortunate series of events that led up to this poor babies death!


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