Newborn dies, another critical after horror hospital mix-up

A newborn baby has died and another has suffered suspected brain damage after the infants were administered the wrong gas at a Sydney hospital.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner issued a statement on Monday confirming the tragic news.

“I am profoundly sorry for the families of a newborn who died and another newborn who was severely affected after the wrong gas was dispensed through a neonatal resuscitation outlet at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital,” Ms Skinner said.


The babies, who were born in June and July this year, were accidentally given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen.

“I deeply regret these families have suffered through such a devastating error,” Ms Skinner said.

“NSW Health will do all it can to support them.”

An investigation into how the incident occurred is ongoing.

“BOC, the company who installed the gas, is conducting their own inquiry and is helping NSW health with the investigation,” Ms Skinner told media on Tuesday.

The company issued their own statement on Monday evening, expressing their “profound sorrow for the families affected by the devastating tragedy.”

“As soon as BOC was notified of the situation we cooperated fully with all investigations being undertaken by the NSW Government – the Hospital, the NSW Coroner, and the Ministry of Health teams,” the statement reads.

“It is extremely important to identify the exact cause of this tragedy.”

“BOC is also conducting a full internal enquiry and has appointed a special investigation team to ensure that the cause is clearly identified.”