Inquest hears death of baby weighing less than 2lbs 'could not have been avoided'

Inquest hears death of baby weighing less than 2lbs 'could not have been avoided'

Inquest hears death of baby weighing less than 2lbs 'could not have been avoided'

First published in News
Last updated
Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

A BABY boy from Yate died at a Bristol hospital from multiple complications of being born nearly four months early, an inquest has ruled.

Zayn Gabriel Mohammed was delivered at 25 weeks weighing just 830 grams by an emergency Caesarean section at St Michael’s Hospital on July 7 2012, Avon Coroners’ Court heard last Friday (March 7).

Despite several operations he died aged three months on October 15.

His family, of Longs Drive, were not in court at Flax Bourton but asked coroner Maria Voisin to determine whether a deep cut on the boy’s nose could have become infected and contributed to his death or whether the steroids he was given or pseudomonas, a bacterial infection which has been previously linked with baby deaths, led to his death.

But consultant pathologist Dr Craig Platt told the inquest Zayn had died from chronic lung disease, a perforated bowel and suspected sepsis which were all complications of him being born so early.

“There were a large number of different problems that this baby had most of which can be summarised as complications of prematurity,” Dr Platt said.

The cut to Zayn’s nose was put down to the oxygen mask he had worn to help him breathe.

Zayn made some progress feeding and breathing but on October 14 he became unwell and an X-ray showed a significant perforation in his bowel.

Doctors operated the following morning but he needed resuscitation and was very unstable in recovery, consultant paediatrician at St Michael’s, Dr Eric Cusick, said in a statement. Shortly afterwards, Zayn was extubated into his parents’ arms where he died.

Said Dr Cusick: “It appears to me he received appropriate management throughout and I cannot see how his death could have been avoided.”

Ms Voisin recorded a narrative verdict and said Zayn had died from complications of prematurity.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree