Grandmother recounts moment medics tried and failed to save boy ‘killed by Lucy Letby’

Grandmother recounts moment medics tried and failed to save boy ‘killed by Lucy Letby’

‘I knew he was gone because he was so blue’: Grandmother recounts harrowing moment medics tried and failed to save baby boy ‘killed by Lucy Letby’ – as nurse’s murder trial hears mother ‘never held her son’

  • Letby, 32, allegedly murdered five boys and two girls in Chester Hospital
  • Nurse also accused of trying to kill ten other children between 2015 and 2016
  • Letby allegedly pumped air, milk and other fluids into the bodies of babies
  • She denies all 22 charges relating to 17 babies – her trial is set to last for months
  • The grandmother of a baby boy allegedly murdered by Letby on Monday recounted the harrowing moment she knew the child had died before the court 

The grandmother of a twin allegedly murdered by children’s nurse Lucy Letby has told of the moment the baby boy passed away, as a court heard how his mother begged medics ‘please don’t let my baby die’.

Medics flocked to the bed of Baby A – who cannot be named for legal reasons – after his condition suddenly deteriorated one night in June 2015.

However doctors were unable to save him – and the following night his twin sister suffered a similar, unexplained collapse, jurors were told. 

This time the tiny newborn pulled through, but their ‘frantic’ mother went on to spend every day at the surviving twin’s bedside, calling every two hours during the night until she was allowed home. 

The baby boy’s grandmother told Manchester Crown Court that ‘I knew he was gone’ as soon as she entered his room.

‘He was blue,’ she said, adding that his mother was ‘sobbing uncontrollably’ and begging medics: ‘Please don’t let my baby die, please don’t let my baby die.’ 

When each twin fell ill, ‘malevolent’ Letby – who is accused of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of ten others at Countess of Chester Hospital – was on duty, Manchester Crown Court heard. 

In both cases, the 32-year-old is said to have injected an excess amount of air into the babies’ bloodstreams. 

Former hospital worker Lucy Letby is accused of murdering five baby boys and two baby girls, and the attempted murder of a further 10 babies

When each twin fell ill, 'malevolent' Letby ¿ who is accused of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of ten others at Countess of Chester Hospital ¿ was on duty, Manchester Crown Court heard

When each twin fell ill, ‘malevolent’ Letby – who is accused of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of ten others at Countess of Chester Hospital – was on duty, Manchester Crown Court heard

Letby appearing in the dock at Manchester Crown Court where she is charged with the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of another ten, between June 2015 and June 2016 while working on the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital

Letby appearing in the dock at Manchester Crown Court where she is charged with the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of another ten, between June 2015 and June 2016 while working on the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital

The prosecution said there is ‘no plausible alternative’ which explains the twins’ deterioration just 24 hours apart in such similar circumstances. 

In the first evidence from parents of Letby’s alleged victims, jurors heard how the twins’ mother and father were watching TV in a side room of a neo-natal unit following an emergency caesarean section when nursing staff told them to ‘come quick’. 

The mother of Baby A – who, like her son, cannot be named for legal reasons – said it felt as if ‘hundreds of people were standing over his cot and trying to resuscitate him’. 

After they were told that he would have brain damage and further complications if he survived, the grandmother said she told her daughter: ‘You need to let him go.’

Eventually she relented and ‘simply nodded her head’ to the doctors to stop chest compressions, she added.

The jury has heard that Letby was the only nurse to witness Baby A’s collapse, which occurred around the time she set up a glucose infusion. 

Children's nurse Lucy Letby (pictured), 32, is alleged to have gone on a year-long killing spree while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Children's nurse Lucy Letby (pictured left and right), 32, is alleged to have gone on a year-long killing spree while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Children’s nurse Lucy Letby (pictured left and right), 32, is alleged to have gone on a year-long killing spree while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Feeling ‘frantic, anxious and extremely upset’ after the death of Baby A, his mother said she did not want the surviving twin, Baby B, ‘to be out of my sight’. Eventually she and her partner were persuaded to get some rest – but she said ‘the next thing I know we were getting woken up by a nurse’. 

‘My heart sank,’ she said. ‘Not my baby. Not again.’ Nursing staff told them Baby B had stabilised after going through a ‘very similar situation’ to her brother, with a rapid fall in heart rate and oxygen levels, the court was told. 

It heard that shortly earlier Letby had helped set up a bag of intravenous feed with another nurse – only for Letby to ‘sabotage’ her care, it is alleged. The mother stayed with her baby all night, describing her as ‘restless… as if she was trying to tell me something was wrong’. 

Although the mother was discharged, she would arrive at her daughter’s bedside at 9am, she said, remaining until the evening shift change so she knew who was working nights. She and her partner would then set alarms on their phone at two-hour intervals overnight so they could call for updates. ‘I was, and still am, extremely protective of her,’ she added. 

Baby B does not appear to have suffered any adverse consequences, the court heard. 

A note found in the house of Lucy Letby, the nurse accused of murdering seven babies and trying to kill 10 more wrote

A note found in the house of Lucy Letby, the nurse accused of murdering seven babies and trying to kill 10 more wrote ‘I am evil I did this’

Susan and John Letby arrive at Manchester Crown Court on Friday. They have supported their daughter throughout the trial

Susan and John Letby arrive at Manchester Crown Court on Friday. They have supported their daughter throughout the trial

The twins’ mother – who had a rare blood disorder – required an emergency caesarean section following a diagnosis of preeclampsia. Baby B was born first on June 7, 2015, weighing 3lb 11oz and needed assistance with breathing problems, while her brother followed a minute later and weighed 3lb 12oz. 

Their mother said after Baby A’s death she and her partner ‘searched for a reason why’ but ‘never really got’ answers. 

Last week Nick Johnson KC, prosecuting, told jurors the collapses and deaths ‘were not naturally occurring tragedies’ but were instead the work of Letby, a ‘constant malevolent presence when things took a turn for the worse’. 

He showed them a chaotic scrawl on a post-it note in which Letby wrote: ‘I am evil, I did this.’ 

But Ben Myers KC, defending, said it was Letby’s case that the writing was not a confession but an ‘anguished outpouring of a young woman in fear and despair’ following her arrest. 

He told jurors last week that she was a ‘dedicated’ nurse who ‘cared deeply about the babies and their families’. Letby, originally from Hereford, denies all the offences which are said to have been committed between June 2015 and June 2016. The trial continues. 

Full indictment against Lucy Letby

Lucy Letby is charged as follows:

Count 1 – Charged with murder of Baby A on June 8, 2015

Count 2 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby B between the June 8, 2015 and June 11, 2015

Count 3 – Charged with murder of Baby C on June 14, 2015

Count 4 – Charged with murder of Baby D on June 22, 2015

Count 5 – Charged with murder of Baby E on August 4, 2015

Count 6 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby F on August 5, 2015

Count 7 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby G on September 7, 2015

Count 8 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby G on September 21, 2015

Count 9 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby G on September 21, 2015

Count 10 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby H on September 26, 2015

Count 11 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby H on September 27, 2015

Count 12 – Charged with murder of Baby I on October 23, 2015

Count 13 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby J on November 27, 2015

Count 14 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby K on February 17, 2015

Count 15 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby L on April 9, 2016

Count 16 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby M on April 9, 2016

Count 17 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby N on June 3, 2016

Count 18 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby N on June 15, 2016

Count 19 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby N on June 15, 2016

Count 20 – Charged with murder of Baby O on June 23, 2016

Count 21 – Charged with murder of Baby P on June 24, 2016

Count 22 – Charged with attempted murder of Baby Q on June 25, 2016

 

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