By­pass adds to labour pains for fam­ily

The Western Star - - BEST OF THE WEST -

UR­SULA Keat­ing’s fourth bub was on his way but, with the Chin­chilla Hospi­tal’s labour ward on by­pass to Dalby Hospi­tal, the fam­ily was about to face some un­ex­pected com­pli­ca­tions.

When Mrs Keat­ing’s wa­ter broke on the even­ing of Tues­day, March 13, her hus­band Steven drove her straight to Chin­chilla Hospi­tal.

She was then taken by trans­ported via am­bu­lance to Dalby hospi­tal, while her hus­band drove be­hind.

Upon ar­rival, staff at Dalby told her that the baby would have to be in­duced.

When sign­ing the con­sent form for the in­duce­ment, Mrs Keat­ing read one of the risks as­so­ci­ated was an emer­gency cae­sarean.

“I thought we’re not go­ing there,” she said. “And that’s ex­actly what ended up hap­pen­ing.”

The labour process sped up to the point the baby was in dis­tress and Mrs Keat­ing had to have an emer­gency cae­sarean.

With no win­dow to see into the the­atre, Mr Keat­ing stood wait­ing for news of his wife and un­born child.

He then heard his new son cry – baby An­drew James Keat­ing had been born.

Long­ing for the com­fort of home, Mrs Keat­ing went home on the Satur­day af­ter­noon, against the ad­vice of staff.

The cou­ple made a for­mal com­plaint to the hospi­tal and are push­ing for a re­view into the sit­u­a­tion where Chin­chilla Hospi­tal’s labour ward is on by­pass to Dalby.

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