Three-day old baby's death linked to Covid 19

Inquest hears how "maternal Covid 19" named as secondary cause of little Coolio Morgan's death

A three-day-old baby born in Bridgend has become the youngest in Britain to die from coronavirus.

An inquest in Pontypridd has heard how little Coolio Carl Justin Morgan was born in the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend with a low heart rate.

He was transferred to Swansea’s Singleton Hospital, but died when he was just three days old on May 5th.

The inquest heard Coolio's tragic death was partly blamed on "maternal Covid-19" as his mother was found to be carrying the virus soon after delivery.

The primary cause of death was given as severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, meaning the brain being starved of blood and oxygen.

But "maternal Covid-19" was listed as a secondary cause of death of the baby.

Coroner Graeme Hughes heard Coolio, whose family live in nearby Maesteg, died on May 5 when he was three days old.

Coroner's officer Lauren Howitt said: "The mother was found to be Covid-19 positive soon after delivery".

The inquest was opened in Pontypridd but was adjourned to await full results of a post mortem examination into the cause of his death.

A full hearing will be held next year with a provisional date of April 28 2021.

South Wales Central coroner Mr Hughes said: "I pass on my condolences to the family in these most sad and depressing circumstances"

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