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£65k for Cornish Woman Who Lost Baby

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:01am 19th December 2012.

A woman who lost her baby has been paid £65,000 damages by Treliske after the hospital failed to spot she was suffering appendicitis.

Jodie Morris ended up going into labour early, but little Ashley did not survive.

Health bosses have expressed condolences and say they want to learn from what happened over Christmas 2005.

A court in Exeter heard the twenty-four week pregnant mum-to-be had been admitted to Treliske on the 22nd December with vomiting, abdominal pains and nausea.

She was discharged two days later without a formal diagnosis. Medical staff thought she could have a urinary tract infection.

By the 28th December had appendix had ruptured, prompting emergency surgery. The following day she went into labour and gave birth to daughter Ashley.

The premature little girl was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit but her condition deteriorated and she died in her parents' arms.

Experts told the judge that had Miss Morris had her appendix taken out before it had ruptured she would not have gone into labour early.

In a statement through their solicitors Jodie Morris and Stevyn Gent, Ashley's father, said: "Our case is a good example as to why it is so important to be heard so that changes can be made. For us this case was a matter of principle and we can now put it behind us and get on with the rest of our lives knowing that we did all that we possibly could do."

In a statement to staff Treliske said: "Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and its obstetric team wish to express their sincere condolences to Jodie Morris and Stevyn Gent for the loss of their baby.

“This was a complex case and the judge has ruled that our staff could have done more to diagnose and treat Jodie Morris’ developing appendicitis and the premature birth - and subsequent death - of her baby in January 2006.

“The Trust is committed to offering the highest standards of obstetric and surgical care and has sought to learn from this tragic incident to improve the clinical care for all our patients."

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