Inquest for baby who died just 1 day old

16 July 2015

An inquest to determine if more could have been done to prevent the death of a new born baby opens today in Wakefield.

Lawyers acting for Nicola and Stephen Adams say they hope the inquest will establish whether Nicola’s treatment during pregnancy, and the subsequent death of her new born daughter Lily Adams on 9 August 2014, were preventable.

Lily Adams died on 9 August, just one day old. Until 28 June 2014 Nicola Adams had experienced a normal pregnancy. Then at several hospital appointments it showed that Lily’s heartbeat had no baseline and an unusual rhythm but Nicola was discharged each time. At these appointments both Nicola and Stephen Adams expressed concern about their unborn daughter’s health and that they would like her delivering early but on each occasion they were told it wasn’t necessary. On 8 August Nicola contacted Pinderfield Hospital as she was experiencing contractions and she was eventually admitted and a C-section performed. During the process Lily lost a lot of blood due to a snapped cord and she was taken to the special care baby unit. She was eventually transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary to be put on a cooling mat but sadly she passed away on 9 August.

Nicola and Stephen Adams are being supported through the inquest by Sophie Fox, a specialist solicitor at law firm JMW. Sophie is also investigating a compensation claim regarding the treatment of Nicola Adams during her pregnancy, the labour and the events leading to Lily’s death.

Sophie Fox, a specialist solicitor at law firm JMW, commented:

“It is vital for Stephen and Nicola Adams to understand whether the standard of care provided to Nicola during her pregnancy and labour and the then subsequent treatment of Lily was acceptable or if more could have been done to prevent Lily’s death.

We hope the inquest will help answer many of the family’s unanswered questions around Lily’s treatment. This has been an extremely difficult time for both Stephen and Nicola and their family but we hope by trying to gain further information around the circumstance of Lily’s death it may help them come to terms with their loss.

Following the inquest I will undertake my own medical negligence investigations into the care of both Nicola and Lily Adams and whether Lily’s death was an avoidable tragedy.”

The inquest, which takes place at Wakefield Coroner’s Court, is expected to last one day and will hear witness evidence from both Nicola and Stephen Adams.


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981

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