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'I put my faith and trust in them as professionals and they let me down' mum on why she is taking legal action against hospital over death of baby.

Byline: SIMON LENNON and BEN ECCLESTON news@coventrytelegraph.net

A HEARTBROKEN mother has spoken of her devastation after medics failed to spot the warning signs of sepsis and her baby boy died just five days after being born.

Patrycja Majewska gave birth to little Aleksander at Coventry's University Hospital FIFTY HOURS after being induced but he was severely brain damaged after being starved of oxygen.

Staff at the Walsgravebased hospital had failed to administer the correct medication and monitor his heartbeat during labour. Aleksander was put on life support but, after a series of violent seizures, died of sepsis and from "catastrophic pulmonary haemorrhage". His lungs had filled with blood.

Aleksander's death has since sparked an internal investigation leading to a number of changes in the hospital, but Patrycja is now taking legal action in an attempt to ensure no one else goes through the same nightmare.

"They have destroyed my life," Patrycja, 26, said: "It's heartbreaking. Not only did I lose my baby but I also lost my soulmate because my partner and I have now split up over this.

"I had a future and they have stolen that from me.

Patrycja, who is from Rugby and works as a recruitment agency manager, explains how she repeatedly voiced concerns that something was wrong with her baby in the hours after being induced.

"They ignored me when I needed them most," she says. "I put my faith and trust in them as professionals, and they let me down."

Patrycja first visited the hospital on February 14, 2016, after her waters broke at home, but midwives told her to return the following day.

She returned the following afternoon when she was induced, but other emergencies meant she was kept on a general ward.

It would be several hours before she was moved on to a maternity ward. By then she had worrying levels of white blood cells and her baby's heartbeat was low.

"I raised my concerns because I could feel my baby's head moving, but they didn't seem to take me seriously at all," she says. "I was asking them all the time. They just said 'Baby is happy' and told me to lie on my side."

Around 48 hours later, Patrycja was in excruciating pain as her temperature had spiked and her breathing got faster.

Her worried mum went to fetch a doctor and pleaded with her to come to her poorly daughter's bedside.

"I begged them for a caesarean," recalls Patrycja. "I was so hot - it was like I was on fire and I was bleeding below.

"But she dismissed my concerns and said everything was fine.

"Later, another doctor came in and took me seriously - and finally decided I should have a caesarean."

Fifty hours after being induced, Patrycja was finally sent for a C-section but by this time it was too late to save baby Aleksander.

After he was born he was taken to intensive care because he was struggling to breathe.

He later suffered violent seizures and was diagnosed with sepsis.

"I couldn't believe what I was hearing," says Patrycja. "All they had been telling me all the time was that the baby was happy and fine.

Tragically, it became clear that nothing could be done to save her baby. He died five days later.

"They took away the tubes, and he slowly died in front of me. It was so sad."

A scathing report resulting from an internal investigation carried out after Aleksander's death found a number of failures in the treatment of Patrycja and her baby.

It stated that medical staff had failed to spot early warning signs of sepsis and doctors had failed to follow the Trust's guidelines.

The medical staff instead administered the wrong drug and failed to give antibiotics which could have fought off infection and potentially prevented his death.

The ordeal later took its toll on Patrycja and her partner, and the couple split after ten years together.

"I was absolutely devastated at our loss and I couldn't cope," she explains. "We were childhood sweethearts but we couldn't get over it.

"I was crying all the time and he was so ashamed, thinking he should have done more.

"I need to stop other mums going through my nightmare. All I have left now is a memory of my son and a few pictures."

Now, Patrycja has instructed lawyers at Simpson Millar solicitors as she launches legal action against the hospital Trust.

David Thomas, a clinical negligence partner at the firm, and an expert in birth injury cases, said: "It is deeply concerning that it wasn't just one thing but a catalogue of errors that caused Aleksander's tragic death." Professor Meghana Pandit, chief medical officer and deputy chief executive officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said: "We would like to apologise unreservedly to Ms Majewska and her family for the distress that they have suffered.

"We recognise that there were a number of omissions in our care of Ms Majewska and her baby Aleksander in February 2016.

"This tragic incident has been fully investigated, and we have made changes as a result, including introducing mandatory sepsis training for all our maternity staff and increasing access to paediatric radiology reporting. "We appreciate that this will continue to be an incredibly difficult time for the family, and our heartfelt sympathies are with them."

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