Football star’s baby died after maternity blunder at top private hospital
A football star’s baby tragically died following a blunder at a top private maternity hospital.
Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore and his partner Danielle Del-Guidice’s son Jake Junior suffocated at birth after mistakes were made during the delivery.
The Portland Hospital, where couples pay up to £20,000 for maternity services, has expressed its “deepest sympathy” to the couple.
Jake Junior died the day after England Under-21 star Livermore, 25, and his Hull City team-mates narrowly lost 3-2 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
An inquest into the tragedy at the private hospital in London’s West End heard harrowing accounts of the desperate attempts to save the baby boy.
But in her summing up, Westminster Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe made it clear Jake Junior’s death was avoidable.
Following the tragedy, former Tottenham Hotspur star Livermore slipped into a cocaine-fuelled spiral of depression and failed a drugs test.
However, he escaped a ban after the FA ruled the death was an overwhelming mitigating factor.
The couple chose the Portland because of its outstanding reputation and the fact it is popular with footballers and celebs.
It boasts on its website that it puts the “emphasis on safety and quality”.
Danielle went into Labour on May 18 last year.
Tests showed the baby was in distress, yet a medic failed to carry out a blood test and continued with a normal delivery rather than a caesarean, the inquest heard.
For nearly an hour they tried to deliver Jake Junior.
Finally, at 12.58am, an emergency caesarean was performed but by then it was too late to save the baby.
Recording a narrative verdict, Dr Radcliffe said: “A delivery by emergency caesarean at or before 11.30pm would have resulted in a live birth.”
A hospital spokesman said: “We have carefully noted the recommendations made during the inquest.
“Our policies, processes and training have been fully reviewed and we have taken appropriate action where recommended.”
He added: “We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr Livermore, Miss Del Giudice and their family.”