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Midwife struck off over death

A midwife has been struck off after the infection she failed to spot led to the death of a new mother from septicaemia.

Lucy Godwin was found guilty of professional misconduct and removed from the professional register after a series of failings were proven before a committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The conduct and competence committee heard when the 52-year-old from Narbeth, west Wales, visited Patient A, the 23-year-old had a pulse rate of 140 when it should have been 80.

At the time of the visit, Patient A was also hot and flushed, had a tender abdomen, was suffering from shivers and was not producing breast milk.

But the committee heard Ms Godwin told the woman, who had given birth to a boy four days earlier, that she had a virus and to call her GP if she felt any worse.

The young mother died of multiple organ failure after being admitted to hospital in the early hours of the next day.

Ms Godwin was also found guilty of incorrectly labelling blood samples from a mother and baby, and then failing to take steps to put it right.

She also failed to adequately monitor the labour of a high-risk patient and recognise when another patient was in labour.

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