A MEDIC has relived the moment she saw a premature baby’s neck “stretch” before it was decapitated inside his mum’s womb in a botched delivery.
Dr Yeswanthini Bhushan claimed she frantically warned a top doctor to be careful “at least three or four times” during the delivery – saying she had been haunted by the “catastrophe” years after.
Cavendish Press Dr Vaishnavy Laxman accidentally detached a premature baby’s head from his body during birth, a tribunal heard
Speaking at the Manchester’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, Dr Bhushan said she had walked into the Ninewells Hospital labour theatre to see Dr Vaishnavy Laxman trying to deliver the baby – despite the mother only being two to three centimetres dilated.
Dr Bhushan said: “I knew that this baby was extremely fragile. That the baby had significant bruising and that the neck was stretched.
“I told others to be careful.”
She said she had only just walked into the theatre to help the patient, saying she found a “big catastrophe”.
Premature baby was decapitated ‘when top NHS doc detached body from head during botched birth’
The tragedy happened at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee in 2014
She broke down in tears as she recounted having to remove the baby’s head from his mother’s uterus, saying: “(It) is the most horrific experience anybody could have and it has haunted me so much.”
The hearing yesterday heard that the premature baby died during the botched delivery in 2014, with the first-time mum forced to undergo a C-section to remove his head – which was then sewn onto the tragic tot’s body so she could hold him and say goodbye.
It is alleged Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 41, should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section at the hospital in Dundee, as the baby was in a breech position.
But it is claimed the consultant gynaecologist instead attempted to carry out the delivery naturally and told the mum to push while pulling the baby’s legs.
Cavendish Press Dr Laxman should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section, it is alleged GUIDELINES FOR DELIVERING A BABY IN THE BREECH POSITION
WHEN a baby is in the breech position, it means they’re legs first rather than head first.
It means their head and shoulders haven’t managed to move down towards the vaginal canal, in preparation for birth.
In most cases a baby’s head will “engage” meaning it has moved down into mum’s pelvis ready for labour.
But in around three to five per cent of cases, pregnant women will have a breech birth.
If your baby is still in the breech position by the time you’re 36 weeks pregnant, your midwife or doctor will talk through the safe delivery options.
The first port of call is generally an attempt to “turn” your baby in the womb.
Your midwife will perform the procedure, known by the medical term external cephalic version, to try and get the baby into the right position.
While it’s a safe procedure for your baby, it can be uncomfortable for mum.
If it doesn’t work, the next step is to discuss delivery options – and allow the parents-to-be the choice.
There are two options, planned vaginal breech birth or a planned C-section.
Planned vaginal breech birth
If you choose a vaginal birth, you should be cared for by a specialist team, who are trained in delivering breech babies.
And a hospital birth is advised, because in 40 per cent of cases women who plan a vaginal breech birth end up needing an emergency C-section.
While vaginal delivery in this case carries little risk for mum, there is a small risk of a baby dying at delivery.
Vaginal breech delivery isn’t advised if your baby is bigger or smaller than normal, if your baby’s neck is hyper extended or if your baby’s feet are below its bottom, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists warn.
In cases where the baby is close to being born a vaginal birth is usually advised.
If your baby is in the breech position towards the end of your pregnancy, you should be offered a C-section.
The RCOG said research has shown a planned C-section is safer than a planned vaginal breech delivery, for your baby.
But the op can carry a slightly higher risk for mum.
This caused his legs, arms and torso to become detached, leaving the head still in his mother’s womb, the hearing was told.
Dr Bhushan told the tribunal today: “I did not know anything about this patient. I happened to just walk into the theatre. No one called me, I was just there out of concern for our patient.
“I had to stay, for the patient, I had to stay for the baby, I had to stay for my colleagues.
“I’d found a big catastrophe going on, I could not have just walked away. It was my instinct to try and help but it was beyond the point of repair.”
The tribunal heard that Dr Bhushan then discussed the tragic day’s events with Dr Laxman, saying: “She (Laxman) was upset.
“She said I wish I had gone for a C-section. She said she was sorry she dragged me into this and that she wish she did a C-section.”
The tribunal had previously heard from the mother, known as Patient A, who said she had been assured she would be given a C-section in the event of a breech birth.