Grieving mother sues Sunderland Royal Hospital over death of newborn baby

Traceyanne Healer cradles her precious son, Nathan, just after his birth.
Traceyanne Healer cradles her precious son, Nathan, just after his birth.
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A HEARTBROKEN mum is taking legal action against the hospital where her two-day-old son died.

Nathan James Healer’s birth at Sunderland Royal Hospital was brought forward two weeks because his mum, Traceyanne Healer, had gestational diabetes.

A blood glucose test was not carried out on the 7lb 8oz baby boy until he was six hours old, by then his levels were fatally low, causing a brain haemorrhage.

The baby battled for two days, giving his mum time to have him Christened, before he died in her arms.

Traceyanne, 29, from Murton, is now trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and hopes by highlighting what happened to Nathan, other babies can be saved.

The IT technician said: “I don’t know how I am getting through each day. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.

“One of the worst things is knowing all he needed was some glucose and he would have been fine.”

She has instructed solicitors to make a case against the hospital because she says medics should have acted sooner to check Nathan’s glucose levels.

When she was 14, Traceyanne suffered a ruptured cyst on her ovary and doctors told her the resulting damage would mean she would never have children.

So, despite her relationship with Nathan’s father breaking down, Traceyanne was stunned and thrilled to be expecting her first child.

She said: “It breaks my heart that I won’t ever hear my baby boy’s first words or see him take his first steps. He won’t ever feel the sun on his face or the wind and rain in his hair.

“I won’t ever get to see the excitement on his face when it comes to his birthdays and Christmas, but we can help stop other people losing their loved ones by educating people, helping to find better treatments and raising awareness of just how dangerous a condition diabetes actually is.”

Nathan died in February, An inquest into his death was held by Sunderland coroner, Derek Winter, in July, who concluded that: “Although the severity of Nathan’s condition was not appreciated and he was not given the opportunity of a more timely blood glucose test, he died of natural causes.”

He said the cause of death was neonatal encephalopathy and intra-verticular haemorrhage, the contributing factor was poorly controlled gestational diabetes.

Mr Winter has also written to the Secretary of State urging for a review of the guidelines and procedures concerning diabetic babies.

Now, Traceyanne, along with her family and friends, are throwing themselves into fund-raising for Diabetes UK in Nathan’s memory and anyone who would like to make a donation can visit

A spokesman for City Hospitals Sunderland, said: “As the case is the subject of legal action we regret we are unable to comment at this stage, other than to reiterate our sincere sympathy with the family.”