Hospital feed death baby is named

Hospital feed death baby is named



His parents are set to meet the coroner, hospital chiefs and representatives from ITH Pharma, which supplied the feed, later on Friday.

They will discuss whether a post-mortem into the death of Yousef, from London Bridge, is needed.

Eighteen babies, many premature, have shown signs of blood poisoning.

The cases are spread across nine hospitals in England.

Public Health England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are investigating the outbreaks.

All the infected babies were being fed a liquid mixture of nutrients directly into their bloodstream, which happens when newborns are unable to eat on their own.

Public Health England said the babies developed septicaemia or blood poisoning from the Bacillus cereus bacterium, which has been "strongly linked" to an intravenous fluid supplied by ITH Pharma.

They were being cared for in neonatal intensive care units and the surviving infants are said to be responding to antibiotic treatment.


Yousef died at St Thomas's Hospital, in London, on Sunday.

Southwark coroner Dr Andrew Harris said he is treating his death as "unnatural".

Dr Harris is holding a review meeting in public to decide, "whether an autopsy is required and the initial steps to be taken in the investigation".

Yousef's parents, representatives from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust and the manufacturer of the intravenous feed have all been invited to attend.

Public Health England announced one baby had died, and another 14 were ill with blood poisoning on Wednesday.

Three new cases came to light yesterday. Two are said to be likely with one confirmed.

The contaminated batches of feed have since been withdrawn, although as they expired on Monday none should have been used since then.

A total of 162 units of the feed were sent out from the contaminated batches to more than 20 hospitals. It is possible other cases will emerge as tests are carried out.

By BBC News

Thursday 6th June, 2014

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