“He passed away in our arms. That was the first time we actually got to hold him.”
A mother was forced to bid farewell to her newborn due to the negligence of the medical staff. According to Metro, Adele Thomas lost her son, Zak Ezra just two after his birth. The 25-year-old was denied admission at a birth centre in Ystrad Mynach, Wales, three times stating she was not ready for the birth.
Recalling the incident, Adele said, “Initially being turned away by staff was really scary for me because I knew how far gone I was and how quick things were progressing,” according to Metro.
She continued, “And when they told me to walk to Tesco, which is a fair way, to help things progress, well, I just thought that was stupid. I could barely move as it was but what choice did I have? I could hardly find another hospital at that point.”
Eventually, they admitted the heavily pregnant woman after she was taken home to wait. However, the delivery did not go as Adele expected. “The attitude was very laid back. There was no care, I felt like I didn’t matter to her,” said Adele. Additionally, the young woman says the situation became “chaotic” after the second midwife joined.
“She argued with the first midwife and handled me really roughly. At one point she pushed my legs back so far my knees were touching my shoulders. I still get pain from that today,” said Adele. She added, “She also told my mum and Stephen to shut up because her voice was ‘the only one that needed to be heard.'”
While the midwives argued among themselves, Adele says her baby was trapped in the birth canal and struggling for oxygen. “When Zak had been crowning for 35 minutes they said they wanted to cut me to help get him out. I remember them arguing between themselves and there didn’t seem to be any rush,” said Adele.
She continued, “My contractions ended, but they were too late to make the cut by then so I had to use all my strength to push him out. When Zak arrived he was red in the face and completely pale from the neck down. He looked like he was made out of porcelain.”
The couple panicked on seeing their son but the midwives picked the newborn by his arms and legs and took him to the resuscitation room without saying a word to them.
While they were gone with the child, Adele and her partner, Stephen Carter was left in the dark with no idea of what was happening. The new parents did not know if their boy was going to come back alive or dead.
Meanwhile, Adele remembered hearing the sirens of amumblance at the time. Though she asked the midwives if their son was alive they did not answer.
Soon, their newborn was rushed to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. Medics at the hospital did everything they could to save the newborn but he didn’t make it. Adele and Stephen had lost their baby just days after his birth. “They did everything they could for Zak. Unfortunately, he passed away in our arms. That was the first time we actually got to hold him,” said the mother.
The 2018 incident came out after the couple read a report published in 2019 about what happened to their infant son when he was out of their sight. Based on the findings of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which is responsible for managing the unit, stated that the midwives showed “disinterest” and a “lack of urgency” in attending to the newborn. It further stated that they did not monitor the baby’s heart rate properly and did not work well together. In fact, the midwives fighting with each other is what delayed the baby’s resuscitation on time.
According to the report, “When the doctors got to the resuscitation room they found Zak lying on a table. The two midwives, meant to be working on him, were hugging at the back of the room,” according to Metro.
“The investigation findings have been shared openly with Zak’s parents and the health board has sincerely apologized for the failings in care. Our condolences and deepest sympathy are with Zak’s parents and family,” said Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
The couple, now parents to a 10-month-old daughter, are preparing for an inquest into the incident. It is currently scheduled for February 2021. “It has taken a long time and a lot of work to deal with what happened. To go into labor with a healthy baby boy, only to walk out of the hospital with nothing but the paperwork regarding Zak’s death is something we will never get over,” said Adele.