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Hull Royal Infirmary staff errors led to stillbirth

A baby girl delivered stillborn could have been born healthy had a series of errors not been made by hospital staff, medical experts concluded.

The mother was repeatedly sent home by staff at Hull Royal Infirmary during her pregnancy in 2011.

She was treated as a low-risk pregnancy even after suffering a haemorrhage days before her due date.

The hospital has apologised to her and paid £25,000 in compensation.

Medical experts consulted by the mother's solicitor concluded the baby could have been born alive had she been induced earlier.

Solicitor Hayley Collinson said: "There was no suggestion given to our client that her baby could have survived until we investigated."

'Appalling care'

The woman, who was 18 at the time, had needed several hospital admissions and assessments for pain and bleeding from 31 May 2011.

Examinations at Hull Royal Infirmary on 5 July, when she had suffered the haemorrhage, picked up a heartbeat on ultrasound scans.

It was this evidence that led experts to conclude the baby would have been born in a "good condition" had she been induced between that date and her due date of 8 July.

Instead, she was sent home and admitted again on 9 July with her daughter being stillborn the next day.

The woman, who has requested anonymity, has since had a son but said she has always blamed herself for what happened.

"It was my first pregnancy. I was young and I put my trust in them but I received an appalling level of care and I felt like I was treated like a silly little teenager.

"I blamed myself for not speaking up more, but now I have some answers and some closure."

The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has not responded to the BBC's requests for a comment.

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