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Maternity unit sent 'over-dramatic' pregnant mum home twice and then failed to answer 13 phone calls from her - her baby was born brain damaged and survived just one day

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A mother whose first baby lived for just one day following a normal pregnancy has told an inquest she was made to feel she was being 'over-dramatic' during repeated calls and visits to a hospital maternity unit when she went into labour.

Nicole Ditchfield's son Luca died following a severe brain injury, which the family blame on a lack of oxygen before birth and alleged poor attempts at resuscitation.

An inquest into the tragedy heard that twice Nicole visited the maternity unit but was told to go home and that, as her contractions grew stronger, she started being sick and complained of bleeding, she made 13 unanswered phone calls to the unit.

On her third visit to the unit, midwives struggled to detect a heartbeat and Luca was delivered following an emergency Caesarean section.

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