The heartbroken parents of a baby who died after his skull was fractured during childbirth have described the scene as a ‘bloodbath’.
Evan Tuite, who was born in Drogheda, Ireland, passed away in his mother Fiona’s arms just hours after he entered the world in June 2012, reports Daily Mail.
A five-year investigation by the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has now concluded that there was a ‘deficit in care’.
Ms Tuite, 45, and Ivan Murphy, blasted the hospital’s apology as ‘worthless’.
Ms Tuite told The Irish Mirror: ‘It has completely ruined my life. I will never ever be the same again.
‘His injuries were so bad that they insisted on putting a little hat on him. I couldn’t even show you some of the photos we have of him, they are just too upsetting.
The hospital admitted there was a deficit in care just before Christmas – despite the parents’ claims that bosses repeatedly said they did nothing wrong.
Irish health officials allegedly even tried to say Evan suffered from a bone disease that left him brittle – which led to his skull being fractured, the parents claim.
But when they asked for X-rays to prove the diagnosis they were given nothing, the newspaper reports.
Mr Murphy gave an emotional statement outside Drogheda Four Courts on Friday following a hearing.
He said: ‘Our son Evan was born on June 14, 2012 at 6.20am. He passed away in his mother’s arms at 7.15pm.
‘Every day I wish and pray we could have that day back again and I would have said stop. I would never have let him go ahead and deliver Evan by force.’
Their case was finally settled for an undisclosed sum. Mr Murphy publically appealed for a date for an inquest into their son’s death.
Hospital bosses wrote an apology to extend their ‘heartfelt sympathy’ to the family.
It read: ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, together with its clinical and midwifery staff, wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the death of your son Evan.
‘I would like to sincerely apologise for the deficits in care provided to you and your son Evan.’
After Ms Tuite had given birth, she was taken to theatre and needed four blood transfusions. She spent hours recovering.
Evan passed away roughly 13 hours after he was born.
Our thoughts are with them all x
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