UNBEARABLE TRAGEDY Premature baby was decapitated ‘when top NHS doc detached body from head during botched birth’

The first-time mum was then forced to undergo a C-section to remove the head - which was then sewn onto the tragic tot's body so she could hold him and say goodbye, a tribunal heard

10 May 2018 - 11:57

A PREMATURE baby was decapitated inside his mum's womb when a top NHS doctor detached his body from his head during a botched birth, a tribunal heard.

The hearing was told the first-time mum was then forced to undergo a C-section to remove the head - which was sewn onto the tragic tot's body so she could hold him and say goodbye.

ers Tribunal Service in Manchester, the mum - known as Patient A - told Dr Laxman “I don’t forgive you - I don’t forgive you” as the doctor stared down at the floor.

 Dr Laxman should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section, it is alleged
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Dr Laxman should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section, it is alleged
 The tragedy happened at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee in 2014
 
The tragedy happened at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee in 2014

The mum, holding two teddy bears in her arms, told the hearing it was her first birth and had been assured she would be given a C-section in the event of a breech birth.

She told the tribunal she was not informed about what would happen next, before being told to push.

She said: ''The only pain relief I was given was a spray on my tongue.

"I was told it was meant to loosen my cervix but I was not given gas and air - I was in pain.

"I had the doctors putting their hands inside me and I had them pushing on my stomach and then pulling me down."

The grieving mum said Dr Laxman apologised after she was told her son had died - but as she didn't know what had happened she told her "it’s alright, these things happen, I forgive you".

 The doctor urged the patient to push while pulling on the baby's legs, it was alleged
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The doctor urged the patient to push while pulling on the baby's legs, it was alleged

She added: "She went away but I started screaming when I found out the full extent - I was just crying. I was upset because of the severity of his injury.

“I would never use the word stillborn, he was not stillborn he was decapitated.''

Midwife Mona Chard described the birth as "something you cannot forget and Patient A was very distressed".

Lawyer for the General Medical Council Charles Garside QC said: “Dr Laxman allegedly delivered the legs, torso and arms successfully but whilst trying to deliver the head, it got stuck in the cervix.''

Mr Garside describing the decision Dr Laxman made as "wrong", adding: “They should never use a vaginal delivery in that situation.

“New babies are fragile, but this tiny baby was more fragile, and being pulled or twisted could do a lot more damage.''

Dr Laxman, who faces being struck off, denies contributing to the death of her baby.

Speaking to the distraught mother Dr Laxman's lawyer Gerard Boyle QC told her: “Dr Laxman has asked me to say she is so very sorry and deeply saddened for the outcome of your baby.

''She knows that no amount of words can or will soften your pain but she is hoping that knowing that what she was trying to do was her very best to deliver your baby quickly and sufficiently and she had best intentions at heart.''

The hearing continues.

 

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