Parents receive £160,000 compensation from hospital

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A couple in South Wales who lost their baby due to delays during the birth have received £160,000 in compensation. The couple said that they are mentally shocked by the incident.

Midwives at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Cardiff, did not understand the distress of the unborn child. One of the doctors at the hospital even said that she was not in labour and merely needed to go to the toilet.

The baby was prematurely born in November 2005 and suffered fatal brain damage. Ms Rees said that she and her partner were informed of the damage and they decided to turn off baby Arun’s life support when he was 10 days old.

She also said that it would have been better if she had delivered the baby in India. In India, her sister-in-law went through a similar condition but now her child is all right and this is what they are missing.

Director of primary, community and mental health services at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Katie Norton, apologised to Ms Rees on behalf of Vale University Health Board.

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