A medical blunder was the cause of the death of Bodhi Leo Searle a year and a half ago, barely one day after his birth in Adelaide, Australia. The investigation into the death points to this Australian media report.
On August 29, 2021, Diana went into labour. She was rushed to the hospital, where midwives immediately became concerned about her because her unborn child had a very abnormal heartbeat. So she was hooked up to a cardiotocograph, a device that monitors the heartbeat.
A few hours later, Bodhi Leo was born, but it immediately became clear that something was wrong. The boy was somewhat blue, was very pale, and had few functioning bodily functions. For example, he only managed to take his first breath after 18 minutes. Half a day later, the doctors couldn’t help but determine that the boy hadn’t made it.
An investigation into the facts has now shown that it may have been a medical blunder that led to that death. Because what turns out? After the boy’s disturbed heartbeat was diagnosed, the nurses monitored the mother’s heartbeat for half an hour instead of the unborn baby’s. “His death could have been avoided,” the investigation concludes. “If something was wrong with the heartbeat had been detected earlier, intervention could have been done earlier.”
So it doesn’t look good for the midwife who placed the device to monitor the heartbeat. She may be prosecuted when the investigation is fully completed.