She was put in intensive care and then taken in for surgery.
However, her mother Nicola said: “They told us that unfortunately they couldn’t save her – that she’d gone. Passed away.”
A post-mortem found she had died from multiple organ failure due to a herpes infection.
Luckily, neither mother’s baby was found to be carrying the virus.
Both women had a primary infection – meaning it was they first time they had been infected, meaning they had no natural protection against the virus.
Over a year after the deaths, the women’s families received letters from the coroner, Katrina Hepburn, saying there would be no inquest – claiming that there was “no connection” between the two deaths.
However, email chains between staff at Public Health England (PHE), the East Kent Hospitals Trust, some NHS bodies and a private lab called Micropathology, seen by the BBC, revealed that the same two clinicians had taken part in the deliveries of both babies – a midwife and a surgeon who carried out the Caesarean.
This apparent connection caused concern among those in the email chain, the BBC said.