A three-day-old baby died in hospital after his mother contracted coronavirus, an inquest heard today.
Coolio Carl Justin Morgan’s mother tested positive for Covid-19 before she gave birth.
The baby was born in the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, South Wales, with a low heart rate.
The inquest at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court heard he was transferred to Singleton hospital in Swansea but died later.
The primary cause of death was listed as severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, meaning the brain is starved of blood and oxygen, the BBC reports. Maternal Covid-19 was listed as a secondary cause.
Coolio was born in the Princess of Wales Hospital (pictured) in Bridgend, South Wales, with a low heart rate +3
Coolio was born in the Princess of Wales Hospital (pictured) in Bridgend, South Wales, with a low heart rate
Coroner Graeme Hughes heard Coolio, whose family live in nearby Maesteg, died on May 5 when he was three days old.
Senior coroner’s officer Lauren Howitt told the hearing ‘the mother was found to be Covid-19 positive soon after delivery’.
No post-mortem examination was carried out and the coroner asked his officers to investigate the circumstances of the death ahead of the next hearing.
He said: ‘I pass on my condolences to the family in these most sad and depressing circumstances.’
A full hearing will be held in April next year.
It comes just days after a six-week old baby died of Covid-19, becoming the UK’s youngest victim. NHS England said the infant died on May 3.
Figures earlier this week from an Oxford University study showed five pregnant women have died with Covid-19.