Circumcision baby inquest: the latest

September 8, 2009
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The baby was taken to hospital by the strictly Orthodox ambulance service, Hatzola

The baby was taken to hospital by the strictly Orthodox ambulance service, Hatzola

Andrew Walker, the coroner hearing the inquest on the death of the baby Amitai Moshe, has ruled that there should be a change in wording in the pathologist's report written after the baby's death in February 2007.

Evidence given at the Hornsey Coroners' Court inquest indicated that the baby boy was in all probability clinically dead at Golders Green Synagogue, where his brit had been performed earlier. He was not pronounced dead until eight days later, at University College Hospital.

Today the coroner ruled that the pathologist's report should no longer say that the baby's collapse "immediately followed" his circumcision. The word "immediately" has been removed.

The baby's parents gave evidence yesterday and affirmed their belief that the death was not as a result of the brit.

Other evidence today came from London ambulance staff who outlined what medical help could have been given to the baby had he been under their care following his collapse.

In fact he was taken to hospital by the strictly Orthodox ambulance service, Hatzola, two of whose members are giving evidence today.

The inquest continues.

Last updated: 3:18pm, September 9 2009