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Baby boy dies in harrowing birth at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital

By Claire Cromie

Published 10/12/2013

Patrick McCormick, pictured recalling his baby boy's traumatic birth. UTV
Patrick McCormick, pictured recalling his baby boy's traumatic birth. UTV

A distressed father has called for an inquest into his baby boy's death after he witnessed his harrowing birth at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, according to UTV.

Patrick McCormick and his partner Louise had been told their son had only a five per cent chance of survival, due to trapped fluid in his stomach.

But they could never have foreseen the traumatic birth Mr McCormick would witness in the delivery room on Monday evening.

As medics delivered their baby, the child's head came away from his body.

Tearfully recalling the events to UTV, Mr McCormick said: "(Louise) asked me Paddy, can I hold him? I said no love you can't hold him.

"And I had to sit.. and I had to go through every detail with her."

The Belfast Trust said it believes the boy was clinically dead at the point of delivery.

A spokeswoman said: "We do not underestimate how painful this situation is for them.

"This has also been a harrowing time for our staff who, throughout a very unusual set of circumstances, have endeavoured to give the best possible care.

"They will continue to take all possible steps to help and support this family in the coming weeks."

A post mortem is due to be carried out.

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