Newborn baby dies just 18 days after birth at Ipswich Hospital following string of health issues including sepsis

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An 18-day-old baby died as a result of multiple medical conditions including sepsis, a coroner has said.

James Rawlings, from Ipswich, was born by emergency caesarean section on April 28, 2016.

From birth, he battled a string of conditions which led to his health deteriorating, assistant Suffolk coroner told an inquest into his death yesterday.

He received treatment at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital before being transferred to the Treehouse hospice, before passing away at home on May 16.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Bowers found the medical cause of death to be 1a severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, 1b group c streptococcal sepsis, pulmonary haemorrhage and polyhydramnios, 1c group c streptococcal sepsis and enterococcus faecalis sepsis and 2 prolonged rupture of membranes.


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Assistant Suffolk coroner Kevin McCarthy opened and adjourned the inquest until February 2017.

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