No evidence of fatal bacterium is found in maternity unit where two mothers died

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2146
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Two mothers who picked up group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes) infections and died within 24 hours of each other after giving birth at the same hospital in the south of England died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

    Grahame Short, coroner for mid-Hampshire, recorded the verdicts in the cases of Jasmine Pickett, 29, and Amy Kimmance, 39, whose babies were both delivered at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester on 21 December 2007.

    Both were discharged but were readmitted after becoming seriously ill at home. Mrs Kimmance, who gave birth to a girl, died on 23 December, and Mrs …

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