Landmark ruling follows baby’s death

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th November 2013'Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye''Siobhan Desmond attending the Court of Appeal, about  the  stillbirth of her son Axel (October 2001) at Altnagelvin Hospital,  Western Health and Social Care Trust.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th November 2013'Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye''Siobhan Desmond attending the Court of Appeal, about the stillbirth of her son Axel (October 2001) at Altnagelvin Hospital, Western Health and Social Care Trust.
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A landmark legal ruling yesterday has followed a 12 year battle by Derry woman Siobhan Desmond for an inquest into the stillbirth of her son in 2001.

The Court of Appeal in Belfast yesterday ruled that an inquest into the baby’s death should take place.

It follows a direction by Attorney General John Larkin last year on the issue and legal arguments that the criteria for inquests should be extended to “a foetus in the womb capable of being born alive”.

Siobhan told the ‘Journal’ yesterday that she was “overjoyed” at the decision and that she had “seen justice in this country work in favour of the vulnerable”.

“What this court ruling has done is give my son, Axel, a status. He is no longer a stillborn or a foetus, he is a human being.

“When John Larkin described my son as ‘one of us’ that was a very powerful moment for me.

“We have effectively changed the law; my son has done that.”

Siobhan has been campaigning ever since for more information about his death.

“It was the only thing I could do for him.”

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