Baby brain damaged after jaundice 'treatment failures'

The family of a little boy who will need lifelong care has warned about the potential dangers of new-born jaundice.

Khan Gold, from Devon, was born healthy in April 2013. The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has apologised for failings in his treatment shortly after he was born. Midwives who visited told Khan's parents, Ed and Laura-Faye that his jaundice was normal. According to solicitors at JMW, representing the family, no blood tests were carried out and by the time problems were noticed it was too late for treatment. The substance causing his jaundice was also damaging his brain. The firm say that Khan is likely to be severely disabled and will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life because midwives "failed to follow NHS guidelines on the treatment of newborn jaundice". They added: "The lack of appreciation of the danger Khan was in by the midwives would suggest that there are training issues at hospital trust that need to be addressed urgently." The trust, which is responsible for the community midwife service, said: "The failure to escalate the situation in a timely way to the GP or paediatrician was deeply regrettable. "Lessons have been learned to ensure the risk of this happening again is minimised and we continue to place patient safety first and foremost." Khan's parents, who have four other children and are seeking compensation from the trust, said they wanted to ensure other babies in the same situation received appropriate care. Mr Gold, 41, an electrician, said they worried for Khan's future and how he was going to cope. "We just want to warn other parents about the risks of newborn jaundice and ensure the hospital makes whatever changes are necessary to prevent this from happening to any other child." Read the full story.   
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