Newborn sent home with needle in hand

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THE surprise baby delivered in a town centre street last week was discharged from hospital with a needle still in his hand, it has emerged.

Now, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to parents Jane and Gary Eadie.

The couple, from Langley Mill, noticed a tube sticking out of the hand of little James after taking him home from the Royal Derby Hospital.

Gary, 56, said he noticed the tube poking out from bandages around his hand.

The tube was attached to a needle that was still stuck in his hand.

A local GP was called and removed the tube.

A spokesman for the trust said: “As soon as we became aware of what happened we apologised to the family.

“Part of the discharge process for babies is to remove cannulas which are no longer needed.

“Regrettably, on this occasion a mistake was made.

“Patient safety is our number one priority and now we are aware of this, we are looking at why this happened and will be taking appropriate action.”

We revealed last week how shoppers in Belper were left stunned when Jane, 44, gave birth to James at 12.33pm on Saturday, September 24 in the middle of a busy street while sitting on a bench.

The gran was with her family at the time and had not even known she was pregnant.

She had been suffering from stomach pain all day and gave birth while still wearing her jeans. Her healthy baby boy was named James Terrance, after Jane’s dad and her husband Gary’s father, and weighed 5lb 13oz.