Baby dies in horror birth at Royal

Published Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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A distraught father is calling for an inquest into the death of his baby son after the horror of his traumatic birth at Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital - the details of which may disturb some viewers.

Baby dies in horror birth at Royal
Patrick McCormack speaks to UTV. (© UTV)

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Patrick McCormack spoke to UTV just 24 hours after his girlfriend Louise gave birth to their son.

The baby had been only been given a 5% chance of survival, due to fluid gathering in his stomach, but nothing could have prepared the couple for the distressing birth.

As medical staff worked to deliver the baby, his father witnessed the moment the child's head came away from his body.

"I was just stunned," Mr McCormack tearfully recalled.

"A nurse who's been there for 35 years told me she's never seen anything like it in her life."

Still in shock, he felt he should be the one to tell his girlfriend what had happened.

"She said: 'Paddy, can I hold him?' And I broke down," he said.

"I had to sit and go through every detail with her."

I don't know if I'll ever get over it.

Patrick McCormack

A post mortem is being carried out, but the Belfast Trust believes that the baby was clinically dead at the point of delivery.

That will not be known for certain until the autopsy results are determined.

But Mr McCormack insists that he wants to ensure no other family has to live with the pain he and his girlfriend, who have named their little boy Liam James, are now enduring.

The couple had repeatedly requested a Caesarian section throughout the pregnancy, after being told from early on that there would be problems with the baby and the fluid gathering.

They were refused by medical staff who said it could lead to complications.

In a statement, the Belfast Trust offered heartfelt and sincere sympathies to the family.

"We do not underestimate how painful this situation is for them," a spokeswoman said.

"This has also been a harrowing time for our staff who, throughout a very unusual set of circumstances, have endeavoured to give the best possible care.

"They will continue to take all possible steps to help and support this family in the coming weeks."

It is understood that such cases are extremely rare and such an incident has not occurred in 15 years within the Belfast Trust area.

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192 Comments
irene in hastings sussex wrote (320 days ago):
i cant believe what ive just heard,im so sorry i hope you get answers and fast,im so sad you both have had this happen,ur babys shining bright star in the sky will allways be with you,sleep tight little man
ellen mc nally in north belfast wrote (320 days ago):
so sorry for your loss ... baby liam is now an angel in heaven .. rest in peace wee man .
shelley clarke in co,down wrote (321 days ago):
i am very sorry for you both and want to send my thoughts and prayers for your wee man who is a very special little boy and has a lovely family i am really sorry i will light a candle for baby Liam
sam tharby in LUTON wrote (322 days ago):
SORY REALLY SAD I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU COULDNT HAVE CESAIRIAN , MY WIFE WHO WAS 45 HAVING OUR SON WAS TOLD JUST FEW DAYS BEFORE BABY WAS UPSIDE DOWN AND THEY COULD TURN HIM ROUND BY MANIPULATING HER STOMACH , MY WIFE ASKED FOR AND DETERMIND TO HAVE CESARIAN WHICH SHE WAS GIVEN SHE STUCK TO HER GUNS AND REFUSED TO GO FOR NATURAL BIRTH deepest sympathy from luton
L Young in Belfast wrote (322 days ago):
Wish there was anything at all we could do to ease the pain. The thoughts of this whole country are with you and wishing you comfort. Tis should never have happened. It does need to be brought into the light and things need to change. All the best to you and your family.
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