FAI probe into baby tragedy

A PROBE is to be held into the circumstances surrounding the death of a baby boy, the Evening Times can today reveal.

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Elijah Stirling died at home in May 2011, six months after what was described as a "horrendous" birth.

He battled against the odds following his birth at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire, but died at home in Kilmarnock.

Today we can reveal a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) will be held into his death.

His devastated mum, Jennifer, is still angry at the way she and her son were treated.

She said: "Finally, I hope we get the answers and closure we deserve."

Jennifer was booked in for a Caesarean on December 14 2010.

She says her consultant told her it would be performed within two hours.

But it was 12 hours later - after her uterus had ruptured - that she was taken for an emergency Caesarean. Baby Elijah was starved of oxygen for up to 30 minutes during the birth, but he survived.

He remained in intensive care until he was transferred to Yorkhill Hospital at the end of January 2011. He died six weeks after being allowed home.

Jennifer, added: "Right now, we're still in the dark - I just hope we will finally get answers.

" I want to find out why this happened - that is the most important thing."

A Crown Office spokesman, said: "Crown counsel have instructed that an FAI should be held in relation to the circumstances surrounding the death of Elijah Stirling on 20 May 2011.2

Professor Fiona McQueen, NHS Aryshire and Arran Executive Nurse Director said: "Our deepest sympathies are with Elijah's parents and wider family. We deeply regret the pain they have experienced in his short life and since.

"Following Elijah's death, we commissioned our own review. We will work closely with the procurator fiscal during the Fatal Accident Inquiry and will fully embrace its findings."

rebecca.gray@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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