Breech baby de­cap­i­tated ‘when doc­tor pulled legs’ dur­ing delivery

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A CON­SUL­TANT gy­nae­col­o­gist caused a pre­ma­ture baby to be ac­ci­den­tally de­cap­i­tated dur­ing delivery, a med­i­cal tri­bunal has heard.

Dr Vaish­navy Lax­man, 41, should have given the 30-year old woman an emer­gency cae­sarean sec­tion as the in­fant was in a breech po­si­tion, but in­stead tried to carry out a stan­dard delivery, it was claimed.

The hear­ing at the Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Tri­bunal Ser­vice in Manchester heard how Dr Lax­man urged the pa­tient to push, while the prac­ti­tioner pulled the baby’s legs.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on March 16, 2014, when Dr Lax­man was work­ing at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee, with a team of doc­tors.

The tri­bunal heard the mother’s wa­ters had bro­ken early, at 25 weeks. The mother, named as Pa­tient A, told the hear­ing it was her first birth. She said: “I tried to get off the bed but they pulled me back three times and just said they had to get the baby out. They twice tried to cut my cervix and no­body told me they were go­ing to do it. There was no anaes­thetic.

“I said to them: ‘It doesn’t feel right, stop it, what’s go­ing on, I don’t want to do it’, but no­body re­sponded to me in any way. It was like chaos and I was scared.”

The hear­ing was told Dr Lax­man de­cided on a stan­dard delivery. Charles

‘She did not in­tend to harm you or harm your baby and she of­fers her apolo­gies in ev­ery pos­si­ble way’

Gar­side QC, rep­re­sent­ing the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil, said: “She failed to per­form a cae­sarean sec­tion with­out gen­eral anaes­thetic at a time when speed was needed. 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 the med­i­cal regis­ter, de­nies con­tribut­ing to the death of the baby.

Ger­ard Boyle QC, her lawyer, ad­dressed the mother dur­ing the hear­ing and 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 she had best in­ten­tions at heart.”

He added: “She did not in­tend to harm you or harm your baby and she of­fers her apolo­gies in ev­ery pos­si­ble way. She hopes at some point in time that will make you feel in a way, slightly bet­ter.”

The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

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