- Jan 10, 2011
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Notes from of this podcast---part 1 :These podcasts are much easier to follow and get a sense of the sequence of events. I was struck by the detail that after one of the morning collapses, the baby was put on a ventilator. Immediately, he became active again and began fighting the ventilator. They decided to sedate and paralyze him. Not long after, the baby had another collapse/desaturation. LL was at the bedside, alone, and said that the baby appeared to have dislodged his breathing tube. He was re-intubated.
From trial of Lucy Letby
Episode 24—suspicions 1st arose after death of child D, morning of June 22nd, 2015
She was 3rd baby to die on the unit in just over a fortnight. Died from air injection into her blood stream.
Dr Steven Breary, senior consultant and head of the unit, , decided to start his own investigation after the 3 recent deaths, babies A,C and D. [June 8th, 14th and 22nd]
He had noted that Lucy Letby had been on duty and looking after those babies, and he discussed his informal findings with Dr Ravi J. Four months later, they discussed these concerns with hospital administrators. That would be just after the death of baby I, who LL is accused of murdering by injecting air into her tummy and bloodstream.
On the afternoon of Baby I’s death, the hospital admins received an email about the increase in mortality rates on the unit, so consultants were wondering if these events, of babies becoming suddenly ill , developing unexplained rashes and dying , were linked in some way to Lucy Letby.
At this point their concerns about Nurse Letby were escalated and they communicated that with Alison Kelly, the director of nursing. She thought that conclusion was unlikely.
That was in Oct 2015—s it was another 4 months when another baby, Baby K, collapsed on the neonatal unit, less than 2 hours after her birth.
Prosecution say Lucy Letby tampered with Baby K's ventilator tube, and she collapsed. Dr Ravi J thought this was a pivotal case for him because he saw LL standing over baby K, as she had collapsed, and was doing nothing to help.
Also at this time, Dr Breary had enlisted the help of an Independent Neonatologist, Dr Nim Subadar, from Liverpool Women’s Hospital. He wanted Dr Subadar to analyse the unit and the increased death rate among babies.
Dr Subadar did not narrow down the exact cause, but he did flag Nurse Letby as a common factor during all the collapses and deaths.
Afterwards Dr Breary said he sent the finding to Mrs Kelly, sent it to the head of safety and quality , the medical director and Aaron Powell, the manager of the neonatal unit.
Dr Breary also demanded an urgent meeting to discuss the consultant’s concerns but his request was ignored for 3 more months, Dr J Ram said. He also said the pair faced pressure ’not to make a fuss.’