Pictured: Grieving father, 49, of three-day-old baby who died after mother tested positive for coronavirus – as he reveals how he spent ‘just a few seconds’ with newborn son in hospital
- Coolio Carl Justin Morgan was born at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend
- The little boy was rushed to intensive care in Swansea but later died on May 5
- Mother Kimberly Phillips had tested positive for the virus after she gave birth
- The new born baby’s father, Carl Morgan said it was the ‘worst night of my life’
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A devastated father whose three-day-old baby died after the mother tested positive for coronavirus has revealed how he spent just ‘a few seconds’ with his newborn son in hospital.
Coolio Carl Justin Morgan was born at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, south Wales, with a low heart rate on May 2.
The little boy, was rushed to intensive care at Singleton hospital in Swansea but died on May 5.
At an inquest opening yesterday the primary cause of death was listed as severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, meaning the brain is starved of blood and oxygen. Maternal Covid-19 was listed as a secondary cause.
Mother Kimberly Phillips, 44, had tested positive for the virus after she gave birth.
Speaking today from the couple’s terraced cottage in Maesteg, near Bridgend, Carl Morgan, 49, told MailOnline he had a fleeting glimpse of his seriously-ill baby before he was put in an ambulance.
He said: ‘He was all tubed up, it was horrible to see, as bad as you can imagine.
‘I had just a few seconds with my newborn son. That’s all I saw of him when he was alive.’
Mr Morgan claims he was told to get to hospital urgently because his partner and their baby had both died.
He arrived to find the baby being whisked off to a special unit and his partner Kimberly Phillips, 44, in intensive care with coronavirus.
Mr Morgan said: ‘It was horrendous, the worst night of my life. I had a phone call from the hospital to say they were both dead.
‘Something went wrong that night and I need to know what happened.’
He also claims hospital staff told him both Kimberly and the baby had tested positive for Covid-19.
It is still unclear at this stage if the three-day-old baby did have the disease, which would make it the youngest victim of the pandemic.
Coolio was born in the Princess of Wales Hospital (pictured) in Bridgend, South Wales, with a low heart rate
She has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at the couple’s home.
Mr Morgan believes his partner caught the killer virus while walking past the Covid-19 ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, when she went in to be induced on May 2.
He said: ‘She went through on her own, right past the Covid Ward where lots of people have got it.
‘I wasn’t allowed in and I haven’t caught it.’
Kimberly was medically induced at 40 weeks because of her age.
It was her last hope of having a child and the couple were excited at welcoming heir new arrival.
He said said: ‘I dropped Kimberly off at hospital at 10am – I wasn’t allowed to go in because of the restrictions.
‘She was met on the other side of the door and taken up to the maternity ward. She wasn’t given any protective clothing or anything.
‘Kim was in a proper lather at the time.’
Mr Mogan went home and was looking forward to the call saying he had become a dad again. He has two children aged 21 and 15 from a previous relationship.
He said: ‘But when the call came it was the worst thing I could imagine.
‘The night before, I’d watched Coolio kicking like mad inside Kim’s tummy. I just can’t believe any of this happened. It is beyond cruel.’
Mr Morgan claims Kimberly collapsed on the maternity ward after telling staff ‘something’s not right’ and was given two paracetamol.
She tested positive for Covid-19 just before giving birth.
Kimberly was too upset to talk about the tragedy while organising a funeral service for little Coolio.
An inquest into the tot heard his cause of death was severe Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy, meaning the brain was starved of blood and oxygen.
Maternal Covid-19 was listed as a secondary cause of death at the hearing in Pontypridd on Wednesday.
The baby’s name given to the hearing was Coolio Carl Justin John Morgan. The couple called him Coolio because their niece is a fan of the US rapper.
Bridgend coroner’s officer Lauren Howitt told the hearing the baby’s mother tested positive for Covid-19 soon after delivery.
The inquest was adjourned to await full results of a post mortem examination into the cause of Coolio’s death.
A full inquest will be held next year.
A spokesperson for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB said: ‘While we are unable to discuss personal information relating to our patients, losing a baby is absolutely heart-breaking for any family.
‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with them and we offer them our support and condolences at this incredibly difficult and distressing time.’
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