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Dr Laxman should not receive a formal warning over the case and an interim order on her medical registration has now been revoked.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