Hospital engineer stood down following NSW baby death

A hospital engineer has been stood down as investigations continue into the tragic gas bungle at Sydney’s Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, which left one baby dead and another fighting for life. 

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Bankstown mum Sonya Ghanem’s baby boy died at the hospital in July, 2016, after being given nitrous gas instead of oxygen following an emergency c-section.

A baby girl born at the hospital in June remains in a critical condition, suffering brain damage, after also being given the gas.

“Coming out of the hospital, holding a capsule. I had nothing in my hand. Came out empty-handed, thinking I’ll hold my newborn…but, no,” Ms Ghanem told Channel Nine.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner today outlined the findings of an interim government investigation, including apportioning some blame to the company which installed the gas outlets at the hospital.

“A hospital engineer involved in the commissioning of the gas outlets… has been stood down. I believe we’ll find that BOC… will be found to be involved,” Ms Skinner said at a press conference. “It is my strong belief that BOC Limited which installed and certified the medical gas outlet and Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital will share responsibility for this tragedy.”

The Minister explained that existing contracts with BOC have been suspended, until the investigations are completed.

Ms Skinner says she has been to the hospital to speak to staff and view the operating theatre at the centre of the tragedies. She adds that police will be present when the gas lines are removed from the theatre for further investigation. In a statement, BOC has outlined that it’s conducting its own internal investigation.

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