TRAGIC: Laylah's mum Stacey found her not breathing and despite attempts to resuscitate her at Hervey Bay Hospital, Laylah was pronounced dead two hours later.
TRAGIC: Laylah's mum Stacey found her not breathing and despite attempts to resuscitate her at Hervey Bay Hospital, Laylah was pronounced dead two hours later.

Did delay in life-saving brain surgery cause Laylah's death?

WHEN Stacey Allwood's daughter Laylah was born with spina bifida, she knew her little girl would require urgent surgery.

But the Maryborough mum says her daughter was left stranded at Brisbane's Mater Mother's Hospital because of bed shortages at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, delaying her baby's brain surgery for several days.

Ms Allwood is now wondering if the delay in her daughter receiving life-saving brain surgery might have contributed to her baby's death on October 13.

Ms Allwood said she woke up and discovered her daughter was not breathing and despite attempts to resuscitate her at Hervey Bay Hospital, her daughter was pronounced dead two hours later.

Ms Allwood said she was devastated by her daughter's death.

Just one day after her daughter's brain surgery she was discharged from the hospital.

The claim comes as an investigation was launched into the death of a 12-week-old Bundaberg boy, who was forced to wait for a transfer from Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for life-saving surgery in August because of a bed shortage.

The boy died on September 17.

Concerns over the boy's death were raised with Health Minister Cameron Dick, who ordered the Office of the Health Ombudsman to investigate the incident.

A spokesman for the Health Minister last night said that it was not possible to comment on individual cases.

But he said anyone with a concern about the treatment they had received at a hospital could contact the Health Ombudsman.



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