A baby girl died when her mum’s pain relief patch became detached and stuck to her skin as they co-slept.
Little Amelia Cooper was just 15 months old when she was found lifeless in her parent’s bed, an inquest heard.
Distraught mother Sara Talbot asked paramedics: “I’ve killed my baby, haven’t I?”
The emergency services had been called but they believed Amelia was already dead, reports The Mirror.
A sticky substance and a mark resembling that of a previously attached plaster was found on her stomach, the inquest was told.
A paramedic also noticed Miss Talbot holding what looked like a fentanyl patch in her hand.
“This was stuck to her stomach,” she told medics.
“She (Amelia) must have rolled on it”.
The fentanyl opioid patch, which is stronger than morphine, was thought to have been stuck to her skin for a “period of time” allowing the pain relief drug to get into her body.
A toxicology report found the drug in Amelia’s blood, bile and hair samples, but not in the stomach content.
Pathologist Dr Debbie Cook told the hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court: “There were no external injuries to contribute to the death, there were no natural disease and the relevant findings are the toxicological findings.
“The drug can cause a reduction in breathing, a reduction in blood pressure and in some cases seizures.
“When levels become high there will be a coma and in high levels such as this case, then it can be fatal.”
Dr Cook told the court that blood samples revealed a level of fentanyl in Amelia, which was within the range of an adult who dies of fentanyl toxicity.
“A patch was missing from her mother’s body, it is not clear how the patch came to be attached to Amelia.
“It is not clear how it accidentally came attached, especially seeing as she was wearing a pyjama top covering the area.
“It is not clear when, where or how the patch came to be attached to Amelia.”
Such a terrible tragedy. Definitely something to be aware of if you do use pain relief patches.
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