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19 June 2024

Baby deteriorated after breathing tube displaced – Letby trial

A registrar has told a court that an extremely premature baby’s condition deteriorated when her breathing tube became displaced.

Lucy Letby, 34, is accused of deliberately displacing a breathing tube attached to the infant, known as Baby K, within two hours of her birth at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Letby denies a single count of attempted murder.

Dr James Smith, a locum mid-level registrar, was on duty when Baby K was born at 25 weeks in February 2016, weighing just 1lb 8oz (692g), Manchester Crown Court was told.

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