Baby head decapitated inside mother's womb during bungled delivery

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.

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.

However, instead she 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 then re-attached' to the baby boy's body so his mother could hold him before she said goodbye. It is claimed the mother was not even in established labour at the time.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, the mother known only as Patient A came to face with Laxman.

In a harrowing exchange across the room, she looked at her and said: I don't forgive you I don't forgive you' as the doctor stared down at the floor.

The patient then looked away as Laxman's QC apologised on her behalf.

The hearing was told the tragedy occurred on March 16, 2014, whilst Laxman was working at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with a team of other doctors.

The woman's waters had broken early at 25 weeks and upon examination her unborn baby was found to have a prolapsed cord, was in a breech position whilst the mother's cervix was around 2-3cm dilated.

In heart breaking evidence Patient A who was holding two teddy bears in her arms told the hearing it was the first time she was due to give birth.

She added: 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.


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