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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  • Unless the parents refused it sounds as though she either wasn’t dilated enough or there simply wasn’t enough room for her baby to be low enough to be born naturally without problems. A friend of mine had to have an emergency because the baby boy got stuck before he was low enough to be born naturally.


  • Absolutely dreadful. You’d never get over this.


  • Such a terrible thing to have happen. RIP little man.


  • That is absolutely horrible- I didn’t even know that they still used forceps! Things like this just shouldn’t happen in this day and age.


  • Such a devastating thing to happen. I’m so sorry for their loss.


  • Oh my gosh, this is just so devastatingly sad, RIP little man.


  • This is frightening and heartbreaking. I had a forceps delivery and to think what could have happened… My heart breaks for Evan’s family.


  • This is both horrific and heartbreaking to read – this should not happen in this day and age! My thoughts go out to the parents … RIP little angel!


  • How horrific, I’m just so sad to read this.


  • How devastating for these parents. Their faith and trust has been cruelly tested. Their lives will never be the same, but I hope they are able to find peace.


  • So heartbreaking !! A precious life cut short, never to be restored again.
    I can understand how mum says “It has completely ruined my life. I will never ever be the same again”.


  • Soul destroyingly heartbreaking! Imagine going into labour expecting to deliver a healthy baby and something like this happens. An apology and a pay out will do nothing to heal the pain these parents will suffer til the day they die


  • Oh this is devastating I can’t imagine what they are going through. This breaks my heart and I’m actually crying. I think I’m going to go and hug my son


  • Absolutely devastating for them. That family will never recover from such a tragedy. R.I.P. little one


  • Oh that poor family. My heart goes out to them. This day and age no family should be failed so badly.


  • Oh my! How could this have happened? Poor baby. And for the parents to pass through such a loss! :-(


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