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Ethan Cross: Derriford 'extremely sorry' for baby death

Ethan Cross
Image caption Ethan died in Derriford Hospital's neonatal unit on 14 November 2009

A Devon hospital has apologised to the family of a two-month-old baby who died in 2009.

Ethan Cross, who was born with some internal organs outside his body, died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The Plymouth Coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure at the inquest into the baby's death.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: "This was a very sad case and we are extremely sorry that there were failings in the care given to Ethan."

A statement from the trust said: "We will, of course, consider the coroner's full findings and look to see whether any further changes are needed."

'Sub-standard care'

There were 109 Sudden Unexpected Incidents (SUIs) at Derriford Hospital between January 2009 and October 2010, including three unexpected child deaths and 29 unexpected adult deaths.

Ethan died on 14 November 2009. His family, from the North Prospect area of Plymouth, declined to comment after the inquest.

However, speaking through solicitor Rob Antrobus, the family said it was "reassuring" that the hospital trust had identified steps to take and improvements to be made.

"Sadly the coroner, delivering a verdict of misadventure, has found evidence of sub-standard care which has played a significant part in baby Ethan's death," Mr Antrobus told BBC News.

"The family sincerely hopes that the lessons learned in this tragic case result in other families not having to go through what they did."

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