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Newborn found beneath mother passes away

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 10:52am

A newborn baby who was found beneath the body of his deceased mother in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) has tragically passed away.

The critically injured baby boy died shortly before 7pm yesterday evening after almost two days of efforts from staff at CUH to stabilize his condition.

The newborn was found beneath his unresponsive mother in a private room by staff on Monday morning.

The mother of three had given birth at the weekend and it is believed she may have been breastfeeding when the accident occurred.

A spokesperson for the South/South West Hospital Group said: “South/South West Hospital Group wishes to confirm that a baby boy passed away at CUMH last (Tuesday) evening. The mother of the four day old infant died at the hospital on Monday morning.”

As with all unexplained deaths a full medical investigation was immediately initiated. This investigation is currently underway at CUMH.

A post mortem examination was carried out on the mother's remains at Cork yesterday, however, a cause of death is yet to be confirmed. 

The death of the woman and her baby boy is being treated as a tragic accident.

 “CUMH wishes to express its deepest sympathy with the family of the mother and her baby. The priority now for the hospital is the well-being of their family,” the statement concluded.

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