Italian probe into baby deaths

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Italy has launched a second inquiry in a week following a spate of deaths of babies in hospital.

The latest probe concerns the deaths of two newborns within days of each other at a hospital in Foggia in the Puglia region.

Both were born by caesarean section and were in neighbouring cots.

It is feared that medical error or poor hygiene could be to blame.

Samuele died on Christmas Eve. “He was born in perfect health,” said his father. “The doctors confirmed it,” he said, but then the worst happened and Samuele died.

The other victim, a little girl, died on December the 18th.

Both were premature. Both sets of parents have criticised cleanliness on the wards.

But the hospital’s medical director says it is sheer coincidence that the tragedies came within days and he does not believe there is a link between the cases.

This parliamentary medical malpractice inquiry follows one opened last week. In that incident, a woman and her twin daughters died at a hospital in Pavia during an emergency caesarean.