Leeds & West Yorkshire

Parents' legal action over Leeds newborn baby's death

Pictures of baby Logan
Image caption The couple have a shrine to Logan at their home

A West Yorkshire couple are taking legal action against the NHS after the death of their three-day-old son.

Emma Collins gave birth to Logan at Pontefract hospital after she became ill three weeks before her due date.

Her son was discharged less than a day later despite his parents' concerns about his breathing. His condition worsened at home and he later died.

The couple, from Leeds, claim signs of a lethal infection were missed. The NHS said staff acted appropriately.

Logan and his mother's health deteriorated after they left the hospital on 29 July.

A community midwife later visited Logan at the home Ms Collins shares with her partner Dave Mears and the couple said she told them Logan was congested with mucus.

The next day he stopped breathing and was rushed to hospital, where he died.

Miss Collins, 19, was later diagnosed with a pneumoccocal infection, which it was found she had passed on to her son.

Tests showed she was suffering from severe pneumonia and septicaemia and she spent the next five weeks in intensive care.

The couple are suing the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which runs Pontefract Hospital, and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which employs the community midwife, for clinical negligence.

Miss Collins said: "Logan wasn't crying, he was just quiet all the time, sleeping.

"You believe the people who've got the qualifications, if they say it's right then it's right.

Image caption The two NHS trusts have offered to hold talks with the couple

"Logan's breathing was gargly, and they said it was mucus, so we just believed it and tried to get on and tried to look after him as normal.

"I keep imagining what he would look like now he's four months old, and how Christmas would have been with him. I want it explaining, why it's turned out like it has."

Tracey McErlain-Burns, from the Mid Yorkshire trust, said: "We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Logan's parents for their tragic loss.

"Because Ms Collins was admitted to intensive care, we carried out a review of her and her baby's care whilst they were in hospital.

"We would welcome the chance to meet with Ms Collins to talk through our findings and will contact her directly to arrange this."

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: "Logan's death was extremely sad and we have every sympathy for his family.

"The circumstances of what happened have been looked into and we believe our community midwife acted appropriately, but we will of course be happy to do our best to answer any questions the family have."

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