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Medical Negligence Baby Death

A mother who had just given birth suffered a premature medical negligence baby death when nurses removed her son’s life support machine while waiting for a routine operation. The wait for the mother for months to bring her child into the world, ended sadly shortly after he was born. Because of the age of the baby, he was placed on ventilation, in order to keep his lungs pumping fresh oxygen to his tiny body. Originally the baby had been moved from one hospital to another in order to have a heart valve closed, which had remained open after he was born.

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The nurses at the cardiac ward removed the ventilator as they were waiting for the operation to take place. This was needed to keep the baby alive. The nurses replaced the ventilator with a breathing mask. The mask did not afford the baby the same type of oxygen and caused the baby to go into cardiac arrest, which is assumed to have been the cause of death a day later.

After conferring with the Doctor, the parents of the premature baby boy were told the baby would need to stay on the life support system until his surgery for his heart valve closure operation had taken place. However, the staff at the specialty heart ward for surgery needs had removed the ventilator. The pulling of the ventilation system on the baby’s body reduced the availability of fresh oxygen needed by the organs. With the mask, the baby was only receiving oxygen through the mouth and nose, not enough to help keep his tiny body in full operation.

Hospital negligence is on the rise in cases such as this, parents should have stayed with their baby as much as possible and asked questions about the removal of the ventilator. While not all cases are the same or have the same incidents, the untrained nurses in this case were at fault. It is important to ask questions, determine if the nursing staff are qualified and to also maintain constant contact with the doctor should anything seem out of the ordinary. Putting your trust one hundred percent into a doctor or hospital can be deadly, being wary of the situation, and being alert may help you resolve issues before they arise.

This is an unfortunate mistake, and the hospital staff will need to be trained better in the case of preemie births and their routines. The family involved with the death of the preemie was able to gain substantial compensation for the loss of their new born. While tragedies of this nature are on the rise, there is still no reason why this baby shouldn’t be alive today.  Several hospitals and clinics in the area as well as specialty care facilities throughout the UK have been under investigation for extensive poor care and treatment standards.

Recently a statement from the hospital shows that the medical team on board for the baby’s heart operation apologised insisting the life support system and /or ventilation system should not have been unplugged from the baby.

Sadly, this is something that is on the rise in the UK. If you or a loved one have suffered a loss as a result of medical negligence, make sure to seek legal advice.

Source: https://www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk

Medical Negligence Death of Baby Brings Couple Five-Figure Sum

A couple from the southeast of England have recently been awarded a five-figure sum from the health care system in the United Kingdom. The sum was as a result of the medical negligence death of their baby. The fee was settled out-of-court sas compensation for the loss of their daughter after only three days of life.

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The couple took legal action against the hospital to which the mother was brought for the delivery of her child because they had concerns about the care she received there. Their baby was due in December 2011 was past its due date. The mother was brought to the hospital, admitted and soon thereafter, her waters broke.

She noticed that there was a green tar-like liquid, which is known as meconium, and is usually a sign that the baby is in some kind of distress. The couple also noticed that the baby’s heart rate being shown on the monitor was also critically low but several of the senior doctors reviewed it and decided that nothing needed to be done.

As the baby’s heart rate continued to fall, an emergency caesarean was performed. The baby came out blue and limp and her first breath did not come until an hour after she was born. She was then transferred to another hospital to its specialist baby unit for further treatment but there were no signs of improvement. As there was nothing that the medics could do, she was then returned to the hospital where she was born and cared for until she passed away.

An investigation done internally in the hospital regarding the daughter’s death determined that there was no one basically in charge of the mother’s labour and no senior doctor who was keeping in contact with her. In addition, any less senior staff who had any concerns about the mother’s care had no one to whom they could express their concerns.

The medical negligence lawyer who handled the case had several comments about it. He said that the parents underwent severe emotional trauma after the death of their daughter and that what the hospital failed to do was unacceptable and should never have happened.

However, he added, it is commendable that the case was settled early. He did express concerns that the case not be forgotten. Operational policies need to be examined and additional training provided to the staff in addition to what the trust found lacking in the situation so that something like this does not happen again.

The person in charge of nursing and patient safety at the hospital commented that this is a very sad case. The hospital apologised to the couple at the time and is doing so again with this settlement. The goal was to come to a settlement quickly so the family would not undergo any more distress. Such cases as this one are really very rare but can be extremely tragic for those that are affected by them.

Since the incident, the hospital has made changes to how the staff are trained and how communications are carried out when parents have to face the loss of a child.

Source: https://www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk

 

Wait For Hospital Caused Medical Negligence Death of Pregnant Woman

A  40 minute wait caused the medial negligence death of  pregnant woman. Sadly the 38 year old woman who lives in a village in Essex had relatives call an ambulance when she said she was vomiting, having severe pains in her abdomen and thought that she was going to lose her baby. The ambulance arrived at 7:29 p.m. with two student paramedics who began making their observations about six minutes later.

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The woman was five weeks pregnant and had another child, a daughter who is two years old. The woman had fears that she was suffering from internal bleeding caused by an ectopic pregnancy but the two paramedics did not leave for the hospital until 8:09 p.m. It took them 15 minutes to get there as they did use their emergency sirens and let themselves get in the queue behind other ambulances instead of rushing in to let doctors know of their case. Once she was admitted to the hospital, the woman passed away after a short time from a heart attack.

The doctor who carried out the examination of the woman’s body after her death said that this was an emergency requiring acute medical attention. The woman’s abdominal area had contained four to five litres of blood which had accumulated there as the foetus was in the fallopian tube and had ruptured her ovarian artery.

The solicitor from a firm that deals with medical negligence cases and is representing the family of the woman asked that the coroner for the case record that a factor in the woman’s death was medical negligence and that the two paramedics failed to provide basic care. He added that once one of the paramedics had determined that an ectopic pregnancy was the cause of her symptoms that he should have called for more experienced paramedics and rushed her to hospital. When the incident happened in July 2011, the paramedic had only been training for one year and had seen ectopic pregnancies only twice during his previous training.

When statements was presented to the coroner, it learned that the colleague of the paramedic was even less qualified and between the two of them, they did not carry out several procedures that those paramedics who are more knowledgeable in this situation would have done, including administering certain drugs.

The student paramedic went on to say that he did have the same level of experience as a certified paramedic but his training dictated that he carry out two sets of observations on the woman, which he did. He had considered ectopic pregnancy as one option but as she had a high heart rate, he thought she might also be in shock. He added that he did use the blue lights when going to the hospital as he thought it might make the woman feel more anxious.

A representative from the ambulance trust said there had been no investigations into the incident and none of the procedures of the ambulance have changed since the death of the woman.

The coroner will be summing the case within the next week.

Source: https://www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk

 

Parents Sue to Find Out Truth About Medical Negligence Death

Northern Ireland recently admitted their part in medical negligence deaths,  their trust for acute and emergency services provided care that was below standard between 2008 and 2013. This came at a time when it had been reported that there had been five babies among 11 deaths in hospital.

This came six years after two parents lost their baby girl due to what they considered to be a lack of communication between healthcare authorities and the families of patients when procedures go wrong. They felt that the mother’s treatment was inhumane during a difficult labour at their hospital. It was a particularly difficult time for them when they had planned to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary in May 2008 with a new addition to their family, a little sister to two older brothers.

The parents only recently learned that the death of their daughter was considered to be a serious adverse accident which is any circumstance or event that could have led to unexpected or serious unintended harm and were not informed of this.

When the mother was one week past her due date, she was taken to the maternity unit of the hospital and endured a slow labour overnight. The father was aghast when he saw what ensured. At 5:00 p.m. the mother was being prepared for theatre when there was a change in priority to the theatre as there had been an emergency. The emergency was taken first and within 20 seconds everything changed.

The daughter was born three hours later and taken to another hospital as the one where she was born had no neo-natal unit. The father felt lonely as he drove from one hospital to the other, concerned about the life of his wife and daughter. His wife was never told why the move was made, only that the daughter was sick.

It became clear the next day that the daughter would not survive and was then transferred back to the original hospital where she was born so that her parents could spend her last few hours with them. The daughter passed away two days later at 4:00 in the afternoon. The mother then had to have another operation and was on life support for five days as she had lost 10 pints of blood.

In July 2013, a suit for medical negligence was brought against the Trust and settled and in October, the family won substantial damages from the Trust. A spokesperson from the Trust recently admitted that the care given to the mother in this case was below its standards.

In addition, there was an internal report carried out shortly after the death of the daughter and it found that there had been no fault with her care and with that of her mother. The family is still very angry that this report has never been given to them all these years.
The father has said that what they really wanted to know was the truth about what happened with their daughter and the family has never been able to receive it until they started to pursue the matter.

Unfortunately stories like this are becoming more and more common. If this sounds like you make sure to sue for medical negligence.

Source: https://www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk