Baby tragically dies two months after his mum in devastating birth

Double tragedy has hit a family as a premature baby born when his mother died has passed away months on.

Dexter Khan-Barnes died last July, slipping away in his sleep while at home in Rishton, near Accrington.

On Wednesday, June 7, an inquest at Blackburn Old Town Hall heard how there was no identifiable cause of death.

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His mother, Laura Barnes, suffered a catastrophic blood clot – her mother Jennifer said months earlier she had had a stroke – meaning Dexter had to be born via emergency caesarian on May 29.

Jennifer said that all Laura had wanted was to be a mum, andLancsLivereports she added the two are now together.

Dexter was born at 32 weeks and would go on to spend six weeks in a neonatal unit.

He was discharged with his father, Shane Khan, and was checked by a nurse who would go on to deem him to be in good health.

One night he was put to sleep in Mr Khan’s bed alongside his 14-month brother – Mr Khan said he slept horizontally along its foot.

Coroner Richard Taylor went through information from an investigation of the death of Dexter and said that the father at 4am moved into a position next to his youngest, waking again at 5:30am.

At this point, he noticed the boy's eyes were discoloured and his arms floppy.

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Dexter was pronounced dead soon after despite being rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital, but pathologist Dr William Simmons was unable to ascertain a cause of death.

Mr Taylor said: "In this circumstance, it is not possible to completely exclude accidental air obstruction as having caused to contributed to Dexter's death. As such, the cause of death remains unascertained."

Concluding, Mr Taylor said: "Dexter Khan-Barnes died on July 30, 2022 at Royal Blackburn Hospital having been found unresponsive at his home in the bed he shared with his brother."

If you have been affected by this story, advice and support can be found at Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity). You can call them on 0808 164 3332 or email [email protected].

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