A mum has spoken of a heartbreak after her baby died at two days old with severe brain damage following a series of hospital blunders. “I was reassured that I was in the best place, but obviously I wasn’t,” said Kaleigh, from Weoley Castle. “It’s hard to come to terms with – he should be with me now. It’s heartbreaking. He should be sitting up and smiling. It was the worse thing that I have ever gone through.”

Kaleigh, who has three other children, was admitted to hospital early on October 1 after telephoning to say she had been bleeding. The 29-year-old had already been identified as a high-risk patient after previous early labours with her other children; despite experiencing bleeding and diarrhoea medical staff were content that she was not showing signs of pre-term labour.  Later I had a big bleed, which I know now was a placenta abruption, and was told to get back on the bed.

“It took a while to find a heartbeat. When they finally realised it was an emergency there was a big major rush. I remember saying to the midwife ‘please save my baby’. But when he was born he was already severely brain damaged, and he wasn’t crying. He was like a sleeping baby.” Cohen passed away in the early hours of October 3. An official report found that staff had struggled to locate the foetal heart rate for several hours, which should have led to emergency protocols being triggered.