May 10, 2018
A consultant gynaecologist caused an unborn baby to be accidentally decapitated inside his mother’s womb as she carried out a bungled delivery on an NHS maternity unit, a medical tribunal heard today.
A tribunal in Manchester heard Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 41, should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section as the premature infant was in a breech position – but instead attempted to carry out the delivery naturally, it was claimed.
Tragedy struck when the doctor urged the patient to push whilst herself applying traction to the baby’s legs, it was alleged. The manoevre caused the infant’s legs, arms and torso to become detached leaving the head still in his mother’s womb.
Two other doctors subsequently carried out a C-section on the woman to remove the infant’s head. It was ‘re-attached’ to his body so his mother could hold him before she said goodbye.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:18 am