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Letter from Milton Keynes hospital as baby died

A couple whose son died within 24 hours of being born received a hospital "congratulations" letter on the same day, an inquest has heard.

The letter, from Milton Keynes General Hospital, was sent to Matthew Broughton and Lorna Howell by mistake.

Alex Broughton, who had severe brain damaged after being born in a birthing pool, died on 3 December 2009.

Midwife Sue Mahoney, ward shift leader when Alex was born, apologised for the mistake in sending the letter.

Coroner for Milton Keynes, Thomas Osborne, said: "It looks like the computer said ... 'print, send out letter'."

Alex was floppy and not breathing when born on 2 December, the inquest heard.

Attempts to revive him failed and he died the next day.

In December 2009, Mr Osborne complained that midwife shortages at the hospital were "nothing short of scandalous" after hearing newborn Ebony McCall had died on an overstretched maternity ward in May 2009.

He said, following an inquest, that hospital "systems failures" had contributed to Ebony's death.

The inquest into Alex's death continues.

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