Cassian Curry: Sheffield teaching hospitals apologize for death of ‘miracle’ baby two days after birth

‘Small but strong’ Cassian, was born at 28 weeks and weighed 1lb 10oz on April 3, 2021 at Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital in Sheffield at 28 weeks, but died in the early hours of April 5 – during the Easter Bank Holiday .

On the first day of the inquest into his death, held at Sheffield Coroner’s Court on Tuesday April 19, his parents, Karolina and James, expressed concerns about their son’s treatment, including claiming the newborn was missing of staff due to the Easter weekend.

They also raised concerns about the management of Cassian’s umbilical venous catheter, after he was placed on total parenteral nutrition after giving birth, which was administered via an umbilical venous catheter.

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Karolina said she and her husband “have been struggling so badly” since their son’s death and she can’t bear to be alone. Pictured: Karolina and James on their wedding day. Photo by Karolina Curry and James Curry.

The investigation will determine if the catheter was placed inappropriately, too close to Cassian’s heart, and if he was not assessed and relocated.

The inquest heard that Karolina noticed her son’s heart rate increasing to more than 200 beats per minute on two separate occasions, but medical staff assured her it was normal.

She also became concerned about Cassian’s lack of stool, which she interpreted as a sign that he was not feeding properly.

Cassian Curry died at the Jessop Wing Neonatal Unit at Sheffield University Hospitals on April 5, 2021.

She said: ‘We know no apology will lessen the pain of Cassian’s death for his parents and family, but we are truly sorry for what happened, and we have already provided Mr and Mrs Curry a full explanation of what happened and the changes we’ve made since his death.

“While staffing in the neonatal unit this weekend was appropriate and in line with national recommendations, it was very busy and unfortunately there was human error in terms of the management of the Cassian umbilical venous catheter.

“This was a very rare incident, and everyone involved in Cassian’s care is devastated. There has been a full review of what happened and changes have already been made to limit the chances of this happening. reproduce.

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“A Miracle Baby”

Cassian was conceived through IVF treatment, after multiple failed attempts by parents to have a child of their own.

Karolina said Cassian was the “miracle baby” to her and husband James Curry after James was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The statement, which was read by Deputy Coroner Abigail Combes, said the cancer had started to spread further in her body, which required not only surgery to remove a testicle, but chemotherapy treatment, which was also reducing her fertility, which means IVF treatment. was needed.

Cassian’s funeral was held on April 30, 2021, and he was cremated.

In March, the Trust’s maternity services were deemed inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), but the neonatal unit was not part of the inspection.

The hearing has been postponed until this morning, here the hospital staff in charge of Cassian’s care must testify.

The coroner is expected to return with a finding on Friday April 22.

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