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Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 11:32 GMT
'Too little too late', says father
Queen Mary's Hospital
Patrick Kelly: Weaknesses should have been spotted
The father of the premature baby accidentally thrown into a hospital laundry bin says he is angry that procedures are not changed in the NHS until things go wrong.

Patrick Kelly said an apology from the Kent hospital was "too little too late" - speaking on GMTV, he asked why weaknesses were not spotted before mistakes were made.

His son's body was found in laundry at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup after it had been put through an industrial hot wash.

Mr Kelly, 36, told GMTV: "There are all these tragedies, all these things you see in the paper how people have suffered at the hands of the NHS.

'Common sense'

"There is always a spin, always someone to stick up and say this should have happened or that should have happened, we have made a mistake, we are looking into it, we are going to change things.

"But why do they have to be changed after the event? Why can't people see these things before the event? It is just common sense."

Mr Kelly said it appeared someone had taken James's body out of a fridge, as they needed to collect another baby's body in the same fridge.

They had left James on the floor.

"We think they actually picked up the female body and rushed or walked or took the body to the undertakers and left our son there on the floor, where obviously cloths and things were thrown in on top of him.

"Somebody had come along and picked up all the laundry and just I imagine thrown it into the laundry basket."

'Lost confidence'

Mr Kelly said his girlfriend, Amaia Fernandez, 25, had been "traumatised" by the events and had returned to her parents' home on Spain because she had lost confidence in this country.

"She is traumatised, she has lost her son, she's gone to Spain - for two reasons, one, to see her family and to try to get over all this, and two, to get medical attention in Spain because basically it is lot quicker for her to be checked out.

"She just feels that she had to go home, she needed to recuperate.

"She just lost confidence in this country.

"She has come to this country to be with me and she has put her life in their hands and they have fumbled the whole thing from the beginning to the end.

"The whole pregnancy has been a nightmare. There is a catalogue of events that were wrong."

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