The mother of a newborn baby who died in her arms when he was 12 hours old said what should have been the happiest day of her life turned into the worst.
Fiona Tuite and Ivan Murphy, as well as other family and friends, were at the inquest today at Drogheda Coroner's Court into the death of their son Evan in 2012.
A verdict of medical misadventure was returned and the inquest heard how there were six attempts made using either a forceps or vacuum to deliver the baby.
Last year, the High Court heard he suffered a fractured skull and a significant brain injury.
Baby Evan, whose family is from Drogheda, died some 12 hours later in his mother's arms.
After her deposition was read out during the inquest, Ms Tuite said: "What should have been the happiest day of mine and Ivan's life was absolutely the worst day of our lives."
It is just over a year since Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda apologised to Evan's parents after a High Court action.
The High Court had heard the circumstances of his delivery in June 2012 were "quite horrific".
The hospital denied liability until November 2017.
Today, the inquest heard that the cause of death was severe external and internal cranial and brain injury and haemorrhage due to a difficult instrumental delivery.
The inquest heard the baby was due on 1 June 2012 and Ms Tuite was induced on 13 June. After an 11-hour labour it was decided to use a forceps to deliver him.
Between 6.16am and 6.29am, the doctor used a forceps, then the vacuum cup and then the forceps again to deliver the baby.
He was born at 6.29am and taken to the special care unit.
At 10.30am he had to be resuscitated and the inquest heard he died that evening, some 12 hours after birth.
Returning the verdict of medical misadventure, Coroner Ronan Maguire expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the parents.
Speaking afterwards, Ms Tuite said the inquest confirmed what she and Mr Murphy already knew.
She said she had a "textbook pregnancy, I flew through the pregnancy." She said the couple had everything ready for their son.
"I would rather him to be with me, not to be 'remembered'. I'd like him to be here.
"He is remembered, he is never forgot."