A grandmother has sued a UK hospital for suffering PTSD following the birth of her granddaughter.
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust were ordered to make the pay-out after a chaotic delivery which left the new-born with permanent neurological damage, reports The Telegraph.
The unnamed baby, which came out “flat and purple with a swollen head”, did not start breathing for 12 minutes – her mother and grandmother believed she was dead.
The High Court found the midwives at Calderdale Birthing Unit did not properly anticipate the risk of delivering a 10lb baby.
The girl suffered an acute profound hypoxic ischaemic insult as a result of an unnecessary 11-minute delay in delivery in April 2011.
Mr Justice Goss also found the midwives had deliberately prevented a specialist obstetrician from entering the room during a crucial stage in the emergency, and that the hospital subsequently destroyed medical records after the legal action had begun.
The mother had raised concerns about the size of her baby during antenatal appointments, but the “offhand” midwives had told her “big babies just slip out”. In the event, the girl’s shoulder became jammed behind her mother’s pelvic bone.
Until now, family members traumatised from witnessing negligent medical procedures or their aftermath have found it extremely difficult to successfully claim damages.
Experts say the High Court ruling “turns the tide” in favour of family members claiming compensation in cases of medical negligence.
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