traA baby boy died after his skull was fractured during a botched forceps birth , an inquest has heard.
Baby Evan Tuite passed away hours after he was born at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.
He died in his mother’s arms after suffering a massive haemorrhage on June 14, 2012.
His devastated mother, Fiona Tuite, told the inquest: "It should have been the best day of my life, but it was the worst and I’m still going through it."
Coroner Ronan Maguire delivered a verdict of medical misadventure, reports the Irish Mirror .
He said: "I don’t think I can return any other verdict other than misadventure."
A pathologist said the cause of death was "severe external and internal cranial and brain trauma due to a difficult instrumental delivery".
The post mortem found a "fairly extensive fracture present in the skull".
It emerged that after 11 hours in labour a midwife asked if a theatre should be put on standby for a Caesarean section.
The doctor insisted he would deliver the baby on the labour ward, it was heard.
He performed "six pulls" using a forceps and kiwi vacuum before the baby was born and rushed to neonatal intensive care.
After the inquest, parents Fiona Tuite and Ivan Murphy, told the Irish Mirror that they "are still living through this nightmare".
Fiona said that the baby was covered in blood after the traumatic delivery at 6.29am on 14 June 2012, in her deposition that the coroner read to the court.
Evan was rushed to neonatal intensive care and Fiona was taken to theatre where the placenta had to be surgically removed.
In total she lost almost two litres of blood and needed an urgent transfusion.
She was initially told that Evan was recovering well, but his condition deteriorated and they were told at 11am that he was "not doing well".
A nurse put a hat on the baby’s head to cover the bruising and marks on his scalp.
He died in his parents’ arms at 7.38pm that night.
After the coroner finished reading the deposition, Fiona spoke from the witness box and said that she wanted to add to her statement: "I will never get over losing Evan."
Sara Antoniotti, barrister the family, said: "Both the use of forceps and vacuum caused the damage.
"There was six different pulls.
"It was a difficult instrumental delivery.
"Neville Barnes (forceps) was applied at the very end to get the baby’s head and shoulders out.
"It is clear from the pathologist’s report and subsequent investigations that the baby suffered cranial damage.
"The verdict must be medical misadventure."
Coroner Ronan Maguire confirmed that this was the verdict and expressed "heartfelt sympathy" to the grieving parents.
He added that they had endured a long wait for the inquest to conclude.
"This has been listed on numerous previous occasions and has not gone ahead."
Fiona said afterwards: "This has dragged on for so long.
"It’s almost seven years now.
"It was so hard to come here today, but I’m just glad the inquest is finished now.
"But it will never really end. I will never get over losing Evan."
After leaving court, family members travelled to St Peter’s Cemetery to put flowers on Evan’s grave.
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