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Newborn’s death probed by coroner after traumatic labour

The coroner has called for more evidence.
The coroner has called for more evidence. Local

NSW Coroner's Court magistrate Helen Barry has ordered an expert medical report into the death of baby Jack Magalhaes.

The two-day-old newborn died on January 1, 2014, following a traumatic labour at the Murwillumbah and Tweed hospitals.

A court spokesperson told the Tweed Daily News the medical expert report was due by November 24 this year. There will be an inquest but a date has not yet been set.

Jack was airlifted from Tweed to Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane. Two days later, on January 1, Jack's life support was turned off.

His parents declined to comment but a family member said an April inquest was likely.

Magistrate Barry will investigate the circumstances that led up to the death of baby Jack and determine the medical cause of his death.

The Magistrate will be able to make recommendations to NSW Health and other agencies with a view to improving public health and safety.

The Magistrate also has the power to refer findings to Director of Public Prosecutions who can decide is a charge is laid against any persons.

Tweed Byron Health Service Group executive director Bernadette Loughnane said the case remained an active coroner's matter.

"The NNSW LHD is not in a position to provide any comment," she said.


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