Tragic death of baby girl prompts Whittington Hospital to change practices

Parminder and David Rogers with daughter Jasmin

Parminder and David Rogers with daughter Jasmin - Credit: Archant

The parents of a baby who died after a medical condition went unnoticed while in the womb have prompted the Whittington Hospital to change its practices and help prevent similar tragedies.

Baby Jasmin died after 18 weeks

Baby Jasmin died after 18 weeks - Credit: Archant

Parminder and David Rogers lost daughter Jasmin in tragic circumstances last year when a severe growth restriction was not spotted by her antenatal team at the hospital in Archway.

Mrs Rogers, 40, went into labour after 38 weeks in November 2013 and endured what she described as a “horrific” birth in chaotic scenes at her own home, with Jasmin born half her expected weight (3lb 14oz).

Underweight and suffering an undiagnosed breach, her child was starved of oxygen and arrived into the world not breathing.

Despite being resuscitated and living for months, she died aged 18 weeks at the Whittington.

Staff were so rocked by the death the hospital has now launched the Jasmin Project, introducing the use of new growth charts to determine if a foetus is a healthy size.

Developed at the West Midlands Perinatal Institute in Birmingham, they have reportedly cut stillbirth rates in each of the regions where they have been used.

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Mrs Rogers, a solicitor from Bounds Green, told the Ham&High: “What happened to us was just terrible, but a positive thing has come out of it. We can’t forgive the hospital but after Jasmin’s inquest we thought nothing would change.

“We hope it will now save lives.”

Reducing stillbirth rates has been identified as a key national and local priority for the NHS.

UK rates remain among the highest of developed countries.

London has the highest stillbirth rate of all regions in the UK, at 5.3 stillbirths per 1,000 live births.

Chandrima Biswas, the consultant in charge of the Jasmin Project, said: “The death of Jasmin has mobilised us all to make changes. We hope it will save babies.”

Mr Rogers is this month doing a charity cycle ride, in aid of the Whittington Babies charity and the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

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