A family have made a heartbreaking tribute to ‘supergirl’ who died at five weeks without leaving hospital.
Sophia Mannan was born after an ’emergency’ Caesarean section in August last year, but tragically died a month later.
Parents Abdul Mannan and Sarah Farkas, were overjoyed with their new daughter Sophia who was the second child.
Throughout most of the pregnancy everything was as it should be, but on August 5 the parents noticed she wasn’t moving as much as usual.
Manchester Evening News reports doctors at Royal Oldham Hospital discovered Sophia had an irregular heartbeat.
They decided Sarah should be placed onto a ‘category two’ C-section, meaning she should be seen within 75 minutes.
The family raised concerns about category two and not category one placement at the inquest at Rochdale Coroners’ Court.
Category one would have meant the procedure was done sooner.
But staffing issues at the trust and a particularly busy day were also raised during the hearing.
Paediatric histopathologist Dr Melanie Newbould determined a Sophia’s cause of death was hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy or brain damage which resulted from not enough oxygen getting to her brain.
It is not known exactly when this could have happened, especially as the pregnancy seemed to be going fine.
This meant Sophia was born with ‘no respiratory drive,’ Dr Newbould said, and her situation ‘never improved’. Sophia was placed on a ventilator after birth, but there was no improvement to her health.
Doctors and midwives who dealt with Sarah said the procedure itself was uneventful but the mother was raised as a concern and they wanted to give birth sooner rather than later because of Sophia’s abnormal heart rate.
Helen Thomas, a midwife at the trust, said in a statement: “Due to how busy it was she (Sarah) could not be transferred as quickly as we would have liked.”
She added that Sophia’s brain was in a ‘poor condition’ after birth, but this can be expected with children born early.
A Dr Diah from the Northern Care Alliance reviewed Sophia’s death and said that the decision to put Sarah into the category two was ‘perhaps wrong’.
However, Sophia was likely to have had a ‘significant insult to the nervous system’ anyway.
The court heard that Sophia could have been born at least 20 minutes sooner if Sarah had been placed in category one.
Coroner Michael Salt concluded that Sophia died of ‘natural causes’.
He said “It has been recognised that this should have been designated in a different category, but it would have made very little difference.
“But it is right that this inquiry was carried out. These were very distressing events overall for the family.”
Abdul and Sarah paid tribute to Sophia following the hearing, saying: “The whole situation has been very tough and it still is.
“Something needs to be done about the lack of staff the hospital needs to sort the shortage of staff because it shouldn’t be like that, especially on a ward like labour ward.
“We all love our supergirl. She fought so much since she was born and never got too see what we looked like, but she will be truly missed always and forever our little sunflower.”