Baby attacked by alleged ‘murderous nurse’ Lucy Letby recovered after being transferred to a new hospital

MANCHESTER, England – A baby allegedly assaulted by nurse Lucy Letby recovered “by leaps and bounds” after being transferred to a new hospital, a jury was told.

Prosecutors accuse Letby of twice tying up to murder the child, known as Baby H, in the neonatal ward of Countess of Chester Hospital.

The 32-year-old is on trial in the United Kingdom for allegedly murdering seven babies and the attempted murder of ten others between June 2015 and June 2016.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court heard how Baby H, who was not named for legal reasons, collapsed twice in the neonatal ward, one on September 26, 2015 and the day after.

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Neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, 32, allegedly killed seven babies and tried to kill 10 more.

Neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, 32, allegedly killed seven babies and tried to kill 10 more.
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She was initially described as doing “fine” after being born six weeks premature.

But baby H’s mother recalled being woken up in the early hours by nurses storming into her room in the maternity ward and telling her to come straight to the neonatal ward.

She and her husband were shocked after medics told them their daughter had been put on a ventilator after suffering a collapsed lung.

Baby H’s mother testified in a written statement: “They explained that their number one priority was to get H.

“We accepted that, but said what a shock it was to arrive and find her on a ventilator.”

When she arrived at the neonatal ward, the mother saw staff resuscitating baby H and was told to “sit down with her and hold her hand”.

Countess of Chester Hospital 4 Nov 2022.

Countess of Chester Hospital 4 Nov 2022.
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Her husband said his daughter was a “very odd color” and “very mottled”.

Staff managed to resuscitate Baby H but could not explain why she went into sudden cardiac arrest, the jury was told, and a consultant told her parents he “couldn’t guarantee” she would survive the night.

Baby H’s parents stayed next to her incubator that day before going to sleep in a nearby room.

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Although Baby H stabilized, there was a knock on the door not long after they went to bed. Staff advised them to return to the neonatal ward.

The mother said they encountered “an almost identical scene” as medics worked to save their daughter.

A court sketch shows Lucy Letby appearing via video link at Warrington Magistrates Court on 12 November 2020.

A court sketch shows Lucy Letby appearing via video link at Warrington Magistrates Court on 12 November 2020.
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Baby H made a second recovery and was transferred to another hospital, where tests were conducted to determine the cause of the two collapses.

From that moment on, the jury heard, she improved enormously.

Baby H responded “faster and progressed in leaps and bounds,” her father said.

She was well enough to return to Countess of Chester Hospital two days later and was eventually discharged.

Baby H, now 7, has not experienced any long-term health problems or problems, the jury was told.

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Letby’s attorney, Benjamin Myers, told jurors that Child H’s unexplained collapses were the result of “suboptimal care” at the hospital and had “nothing to do” with the defendant.

A police officer leaves Lucy Letby's home in Chester, England, on July 3, 2018, after she was arrested on suspicion of murder or attempted murder of a baby.

A police officer leaves Lucy Letby’s home in Chester, England, on July 3, 2018, after she was arrested on suspicion of murder or attempted murder of a baby.
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It is alleged that the insertion of a chest tube after baby H’s collapsed lung may have contributed to her cardiac arrest.

Consultant Pediatrician Dr. Ravi Jayaram, who carried out the procedure, rejected claims that he had placed the drain in the “wrong place”, creating a “risk” internally.

But Myers pointed out that Baby H, who needed three doses of adrenaline as doctors battled for 20 minutes to resuscitate her, received three chest drains, which was “very unusual” for a baby.

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He added that the drain used by Dr. Jayaram was inserted in a “sub-optimal” position and should have been inserted in the fifth intercostal space, which is located around the armpit. The process continues.

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