Hospital sued over infant fatality
WA’s Fiona Stanley Hospital is being sued over the death of an infant.
Lucces Batten was born at the hospital in Perth’s south in February 2016, but died within 36 hours.
Reports say his parents allege that hospital staff advised Lucces’ mother to co-sleep in the same bed as the newborn. The mother was on medication at the time, following a difficult labour.
During the night, the baby suffocated.
His parents are now suing staff at the hospital for alleged negligence, claiming they failed to properly monitor the sleeping mother and child.
The South Metropolitan Health Service has confirmed legal action is being taken against it, and will not comment on the matter.
Former Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon said the death is a tragic reminder of the risks of co-sleeping with newborn children.
The case is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court next month.