Baby DECAPITATED during Birth, Head Removed from Mum’s Body via C-Section

Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 41, should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section as the infant boy was in a breech position.

But instead the doctor attempted to carry out the delivery naturally, it was claimed.

Tragedy struck when Dr Laxman urged the patient to push while herself applying traction to the baby’s legs, the hearing was told.

The manoevre caused the infant’s head to become detached and remain in his mother’s womb while the rest of the body was removed.

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.

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 Dr Laxman and, in a harrowing exchange across the room, 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 Dr 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. It can be 10cm fully dilated.

In heartbreaking 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 and added: “I had been for a scan the previous Friday and I was told my son was breech and the nurse told me if anything had happened to my son it was going to be a c-section.

“But when I was taken to the labour suite nobody told me what was happening.

“A lot of people were talking they kept saying the baby needed to come out but nobody looked at me in the eye and told me what was going to happen.

“There were two doctors between my legs, one on my right hand side holding my hand and there were other people there too.

“I was examined by a doctor but she didn’t say anything to me. They were checking for the baby’s heartbeat and it had plummeted and that’s when I was told it was going to come out.

“‘I remember them saying I was 2-3cm dilated and I was told to push. Nobody said I was not having a C-section and doing something else instead. Whilst this was going on I was in pain.

“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.

“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.

Dr Laxman was working at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee (Image: Cavendish Press)
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“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.

“Afterwards I was in a cubicle with a curtain around me and the sister came over to me and told me my son had passed away.

“I would never use the word stillborn, he was not stillborn he was decapitated. I was pregnant, my first pregnancy I wasn’t sure what was going on and I was told it was the safest place possible.

“Nobody explained the plan or risks associated. It was like disorganised chaos and I was scared.”

The doctor came over to me and said Dr Laxman had decided there wasn’t going to be a C-section and I saw her pull the baby’s feet and cord and she told the patient to push. That is something you cannot forget and Patient A was very distressed.”

The hearing was told the woman was given cocodamol before she was examined and Dr Laxman decided on a natural delivery.

The hearing continues…

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