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Doctor CLEARED after a series of poor decisions led to a baby boy’s horrific death.

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A doctor whose error caused an unborn baby to be decapitated has been cleared to return to work.

Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman mistakenly carried out a natural delivery, even though the premature infant was in the breech condition.

Tragically the baby’s head was detached inside his mum’s womb.

On Tuesday, the tribunal cleared Dr Laxman of serious misconduct and said her fitness to practise was not impaired, shares The Mirror.

It ruled the decision to proceed with a natural birth was “negligent and fell below the standards ordinarily to be expected” but did not amount to serious misconduct.

The panel’s written decision said: “The failing which the tribunal has found proved was not sustained, persistent or repeated, but rather a single error of judgement made in very difficult circumstances.

“The tribunal was satisfied that throughout the attempted delivery of baby B, Dr Vilvanathan Laxman believed that she was acting in both patient A’s and baby B’s best interests, and that she genuinely believed that proceeding with a vaginal delivery was the optimum course to take in the circumstances which existed at the time.”

The panel added: “The tribunal is satisfied that Dr Vilvanathan Laxman has expressed genuine and appropriate remorse for what happened, and she candidly accepted responsibility as the consultant in charge in theatre that day.

“Further, at no point has Dr Vilvanathan Laxman sought to blame others for what happened or to minimise her actions.”

It was ruled that Dr Laxman should not receive a formal warning over the case and an interim order on her medical registration has now been revoked.

The report said: “In all the circumstances, the tribunal has concluded that Dr Vilvanathan Laxman’s conduct did not fall so far short of the standards of conduct reasonably to be expected of a doctor as to amount to serious misconduct.

“In respect of patient safety, the tribunal was satisfied that Dr Vilvanathan Laxman does not currently present a risk to patients.

“Dr Vilvanathan Laxman’s wrong decision related to an isolated, single incident in an otherwise unblemished career.”

“Nothing in this determination should detract from the fact that on March 16 2014 Dr Vilvanathan Laxman made a significant error of judgement which had serious consequences and a profound impact upon patient A and for which Dr Vilvanathan Laxman bears a heavy responsibility.”

Previously on this story….

Last month we shared that Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, a consultant gynaecologist, was working at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland in March 2014 when the tragedy occurred.

A 30-year-old patient arrived at the hospital after her waters broke prematurely just 25 weeks into her first pregnancy.

The baby was found to have a prolapsed cord and was also in the breech position.

Despite those complications and the woman’s cervix only being two to three centimetres dilated, Dr Laxman insisted on a vaginal delivery.

A medical tribunal heard the distressed pregnant woman was not given pain relief during the birth and her repeated pleas to medical staff to stop were ignored.

The child was decapitated when Dr Laxman told the patient to push while she pulled his legs at the same time, which caused the baby’s body to detach, leaving the head inside the mother’s womb.

Charles Garside, QC, for the General Medical Council told the tribunal the doctors “tried to coerce the birth through traction”.

“The attempt to manipulate the baby’s head to come out of the cervix failed because the cervix has clamped onto the baby’s head and despite effort made to assist, these efforts failed. Dr Laxman made three attempts to cut the cervix with scissors but Baby B’s head was separated from his body and his head was stuck inside Patient A’s body.”

The woman later had a C-section to remove the head, which was then “reattached” to the body so the grieving mother could hold her son and say goodbye.

Dr Laxman was suspended following the incident, and it has been claimed the patient was not even in established labour when her baby lost his life.

The traumatised woman addressed Dr Laxman directly at the tribunal, staring her down and repeating “I don’t forgive you — I don’t forgive you” while holding two teddy bears, The Independent reports.

The woman wasn’t told her baby had died until after the delivery, and she didn’t learn the details of his death until much later.

“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,” she told the tribunal.

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

Horrific!  I just simply can not comprehend this at all. That poor mum.

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  • Cannot believe a doctor could make such a serious mistake with nothing happening to them. Poor mum.

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  • What a heartbreaking story. It is beyond me how a doctor could make such a mistake and leave a family devistated.

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  • I can’t believe that she was not reprimanded for this. I wouldn’t want her to deliver a baby for anyone I know. She needs to have someone checking on her decisions at all times. This was a gross negligent act that she committed.

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  • So no punishment or consequences at all even though fault was confirmed. This poor family who will only want closure and understanding and justice. I cannot make sense of this, so I can only imagine how the family will struggle to move on from this.

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  • Wow, remorse doesn’t bring back that families hopes and dreams or that poor little soul that was lost. I’m sorry but mistakes like that just can’t happen!

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  • Horrific indeed ! I don’t think that you ever get over a trauma like this.
    So the baby was premature 25 wks !! and in breech position !! Dr Laxman was adamant to do a vaginal birth !! no pain relief was given during the birth !! and the repeated pleas by mum to medical staff to stop were ignored !!
    I don’t agree with the court decision. I think it’s actually unbelievable !
    My eldest was born 10 weeks early. I had a classical section (outward cut horizontal, womb cut vertically) to give as little as possible stress to the baby, as a prem baby is more weak.

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  • Terrible indeed. The doctor made a very bad decision. So sorry for this mother who lost her baby in such a cruel way. :-(

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  • So many wrongs in this scenario. How the Dr kept her job is a mystery to me

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  • Poor mother! Poor baby, and how horrific for the doctor to live with the consequences of her mistake!

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  • Oh my..as I chock back tears I really don’t know what to say.
    This is something you might expect in olden days but not now ..this woman was only 25wks and bub was breech why was she told to push and have a vaginal delivery.
    Oh lord they attached poor bubs head so she could hold bub. I can not imagine the pain, hurt and grief this poor mum went through and probably will continue to go through. My love and prayers go to this family and special prayers for angel bub. xxx

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  • I hope the doctor gets struck off for this horrific birth. My condolences to the woman on the loss of her baby through no fault of her own.

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  • OMG, this is so horrific and tragic and frightening and unheard of. That poor mother. I fully understand her anger and inability to forgive. How do you recover from that?

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  • How utterly awful. This poor mother :-(

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  • This is just disgraceful, distressing, upsetting. I feel for the mother.

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  • Disgusting! That baby was way under the normal time for delivery and yet the doctor still insisted natural birth! That poor little thing!

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