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Parents win stillborn twin case
The parents of a baby boy who was stillborn after clinical negligence have won an out-of-court settlement.

Donna and Matt Chidlow said doctors at Walsall Manor Hospital should have performed a Caesarean section in 2004 to help Joshua, who was a twin.

The hospital admitted clinical negligence but did not accept all allegations made.

It said a Healthcare Commission review found no evidence "of sub standard practice" in the obstetric department.

'Apologise again'

The couple were awarded undisclosed damages after a two-year legal battle.

They said they had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after the tragedy.

Mr and Mrs Chidlow have called for doctors at the hospital to monitor women in labour more closely.

In a statement, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust said: "The trust admitted liability for a breach of duty in this case and fully participated in an external review by the Healthcare Commission of the standards in the Obstetric Department.

"After an exhaustive enquiry, the Healthcare Commission found no evidence of systematic failure or sub standard practice in the unit.

"The Maternity Unit in Walsall has since received the highest level of recognition (CNST Level Three) in respect of safe practice and quality care.

"The death of a baby is always a tragedy for the family concerned and the staff who care for them.

"We wish to apologise to Mr and Mrs Chidlow once again."




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