Nurse tells Lucy Letby at trial that she was surprised when she was recalled to a ‘stable and happy’ newborn, who suddenly deteriorated half an hour after leaving her – before dying two hours later
- Caroline Oakley said Baby D was fine when she left her and went on hiatus
- But at 1.30am she was called back by Letby and another nurse after the baby got sick
- Baby recovered but then died at 36 hours old after second, fatal collapse
A nurse told the Lucy Letby lawsuit today about her surprise when she was recalled to a ‘stable and happy’ newborn who suddenly deteriorated shortly after leaving her – and died just two hours later.
Caroline Oakley said Baby D was doing so well in the neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Hospital that she was about to get her first expressed milk feed from her mother.
But at 1.30am on September 22, 2015, she was recalled by Letby – who was accused of murdering seven babies – and another nurse on duty.
‘I was like,’ ‘Why are you calling me back?” Mrs Oakley told Manchester Crown Court. “I had only been gone for half an hour and had been happy with her before I left. I was just wondering what was going on.’
Caroline Oakley shared her surprise today after Lucy Letby (pictured) called her back after Baby D suddenly deteriorated half an hour after she left her
In the latest episode of the podcast Trial of Lucy Letby, Liz and Caroline focus on the case of Baby B, Baby A’s twin brother. She was reportedly attacked 27 hours after her brother, but survived. We will hear testimonials from nurses and doctors who successfully resuscitated Baby B when she collapsed. Liz and Caroline also chat with veteran journalist Kim Pilling, who works for the Press Association and has one of the few media seats in the actual courtroom.
She found that the previously “stable” baby had suddenly lost color and had saliva from her mouth. There were also discolorations to her torso, legs, arms and chin.
“It was unusual, and the result struck me,” Mrs. Oakley told the judges. “I had never seen that rash on a newborn baby I’ve cared for for over 20 years.
“I hadn’t seen it before and I probably had a hard time describing it. I remember it as a deep reddish brown – unlike speckles, unlike anything I’d seen before.
“Sometimes when a baby is sick, they can look generally white, have a mottled appearance, whereas this was just a rash in those places.
“It was just different from what I’d seen before. That has stayed with me’.
Baby D responded very quickly to the treatment and her notes indicated she was “back to normal” within half an hour.
“As she was stable again and the doctors were busy, we decided to let the parents rest and informed them in the morning,” Ms Oakley told the court.
But at 3:45 a.m., Baby D had a second, fatal collapse that continued until a doctor pronounced her dead at 4:25 a.m. She was 36 hours old.
Ms Oakley told the jury that her memory was now “just a blur” in her head. But when the monitor sounded over D’s bed, she’d either been in the nursery itself or just outside.
“I remember it was very busy, and just when it was good, D had misbehaved again – turned bad –.”
Baby D responded very quickly to the treatment and her notes indicated she was “back to normal” within half an hour. But at 3:45 a.m., Baby D suffered a second, fatal collapse (Picture: Defendant Lucy Letby)
When she reached the child, she lost oxygen and had stopped breathing.
Mrs Oakley called Letby to help. The two nurses tried to resuscitate her by tickling her feet and touching her ears “because sometimes that’s enough to get them around again.”
Then they tried the Neopuff device, but that also failed. With the child still unresponsive, they called the senior house officer and crashed Dr. Brunton.
Ms. Oakley continued to help with the CPR attempts until the team realized there was nothing more they could do.
Letby, 32, from Hereford, denies the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of a further ten.
Her trial is expected to take up to six months.
Letby denies killing seven babies and killing ten others between June 2015 and June 2016.