'Kingston Hospital killed my baby' says distraught mother Eirene Massow

'Kingston Hospital killed my baby' says distraught mother

Eirene Massow, of Stoneleigh, was devastated when baby Ruby was stillborn at Kingston Hospital last year

Eirene Massow, of Stoneleigh, was devastated when baby Ruby was stillborn at Kingston Hospital last year

Eirene Massow, of Stoneleigh, was devastated when baby Ruby was stillborn at Kingston Hospital last year

First published in News Kingston Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A distraught mother whose baby was stillborn due to a hospital’s negligence has slammed Government cuts to the NHS which could see more children dying.

Eirene Massow, 39, and her husband Larry, of Cunliffe Road in Stoneleigh, were left devastated by baby Ruby’s death on April 12 last year at Kingston Hospital.

The couple, who also have a three-year-old daughter Ella and another baby on the way, successfully sued Kingston Hospital NHS Trust in December 2011 for clinical negligence after they found a series of staff blunders led to the stillbirth.

In an investigation into Ruby’s death, the hospital admitted Mrs Massow’s repeated concerns about the baby feeling small and its lack of movement were not noted.

When, at 36 weeks, the concerns were finally acted upon, without urgency or clear communication between staff she says, it was too late.

Following a growth scan of Ruby at 36 weeks, Mrs Massow had an immediate caesarean section to remove the baby.

The baby girl was born small, but without any congenital abnormalities, although she had been suffering from a condition called thrombosis, which prevents nutrients passing from mother to baby, which led to her death.

Mrs Massow said: “When I woke up and heard she hadn’t made it I was in shock, in my own world.

“People say ‘So and so has broken my heart’ but the pain I felt inside my chest was like a piece of my heart had gone.

“Ruby’s death could have been prevented – the hospital killed my baby.”

The couple were initially offered £35,000 in compensation, which they refused, before settling on a slightly larger sum last month.

Kingston Hospital said staff would be retrained and communication improved following Ruby’s death, but Mrs Massow does not find these assurances to be adequate and believes the climate of NHS funding cuts is putting the lives of babies at risk.

She said: “Kingston Hospital is under-staffed and there are too many maternity patients so things are being missed.

“It needs more midwives who earn a decent wage because their mistakes cost lives.

"You can’t make cuts to the NHS because it’s people’s lives you are playing with.

“This shouldn’t have happened in this day and age.”

Anna Dellaway, head of midwifery at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, said it was “very sorry for the sad and tragic loss of Ruby” but the perinatal mortality rate for the hospital is low – at four in 1,000 births.

She said: “A detailed investigation was carried out and an action plan agreed and implemented, which focused on refining communication between staff and patients, escalation processes and staff training on foetal growth, which continue to be an integral part of our staff training programme.

“We believe our unit is safe and women should feel confident about giving birth here.

"All pregnancies are different and sadly there will be a small number of cases that will have complications.”

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8:44pm Thu 23 Aug 12

kazza76 says...

this lady has my deepest sympathys for her loss, my sister too had problems with kingston hospital which resulted in my nephew being seriously ill at birth. i wish her all the best for the future.
this lady has my deepest sympathys for her loss, my sister too had problems with kingston hospital which resulted in my nephew being seriously ill at birth. i wish her all the best for the future. kazza76
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9:21pm Fri 24 Aug 12

richarddonnelly says...

Stop the closure of the children's ward at Kingston Hospital...

http://www.gopetitio
n.com/petitions/save
-our-children-s-ward
-stop-the-cuts-at-ki
ngston-ho2.html
Stop the closure of the children's ward at Kingston Hospital... http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/save -our-children-s-ward -stop-the-cuts-at-ki ngston-ho2.html richarddonnelly
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9:44pm Fri 24 Aug 12

kelliep1970 says...

they settled for a slightly larger amount.... my heart goes out to rubys mum and dad and wider family but how they could have accepted ANYTHING is beyond me :( xx no amount of money is equal to that of a babies life :(... xx i wish them all the luck in the world with their new little one :) xx
they settled for a slightly larger amount.... my heart goes out to rubys mum and dad and wider family but how they could have accepted ANYTHING is beyond me :( xx no amount of money is equal to that of a babies life :(... xx i wish them all the luck in the world with their new little one :) xx kelliep1970
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11:04pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Rene17 says...

No amount of money will ever bring Ruby back and I was insulted at what was offered. The hospital admitting liability meant nothing just caused more pain because it was their fault. Hence why I went public as I was and will never be satisfied. The reason we accepted some money is because I had funeral expenses in excess of £3k, a headstone that we couldn't afford to buy which has come to £5k and I can now get, being out of work due to grieving so that is why some compensation was accepted. Private counselling. So yes it has helped but was never about money so be careful to judge.
No amount of money will ever bring Ruby back and I was insulted at what was offered. The hospital admitting liability meant nothing just caused more pain because it was their fault. Hence why I went public as I was and will never be satisfied. The reason we accepted some money is because I had funeral expenses in excess of £3k, a headstone that we couldn't afford to buy which has come to £5k and I can now get, being out of work due to grieving so that is why some compensation was accepted. Private counselling. So yes it has helped but was never about money so be careful to judge. Rene17
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