A WA couple have launched legal action against a local hospital following the death of their baby boy.
The parents, who do not want to reveal their identity, went to Northam Hospital on June 18, 2015, with concerns the baby wasn’t moving.
Just over an hour later, the mother, who had not been seen by a doctor, was discharged after being reassured the baby was fine.
“We were told that sometimes babies have good days and bad days … looks like our baby is just having a bad day,” she said.
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Three days later, she returned to the emergency department at 2pm and said she still had not felt her baby move.
At 3.20pm, she was told her baby had no heartbeat.
“We were failed, and unfortunately because of that we had to cremate our son.”
“The evidence that we’ve got suggests the death was completely preventable had appropriate care been carried out by the hospital,” medical law expert, Clare Eves, told 9News.
“We can’t say if there is anyone else out there that has been failed by that hospital, we wouldn’t want that to ever happen again,” the mother said.
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