A gynecologist from Scotland performed an improper delivery during a breech birth which resulted in the accidental death of the baby. The doctor pulled the baby on its legs when its head got stuck, which caused its decapitation. This issue was brought in front of the medical tribunal who found the doctor guilty. It turns out she could have used a different technique to deliver the baby.
The doctor had to deliver a baby during a breech birth
Dr. Vaishnavy Laxman from Dundee, Scotland was performing a delivery of a 30-year-old woman’s baby. Soon after the started the procedure, she discovered she was about to face a breech birth. This term means the baby gets out feet first and requires a lot of attention.
However, the gynecologist adopted an improper technique for the delivery. She asked the mother to push the baby while she was pulling on its legs to get it out. The procedure didn’t go too smoothly, and the baby’s head got stuck in the way. As the doctor was pulling, the baby got decapitated. This called for the intervention of two other doctors who performed a C-section to get the head out of the woman’s body.
The doctor’s action led to the body’s decapitation
A breech birth is really difficult to face and calls for special safety measures. When she had to perform this delivery, Dr. Laxman was near the end of a 24-hour shift. She thought a C-section wouldn’t be a good solution for a breech birth since the baby would have died. However, the medical tribunal thinks her delivery method was the one that killed the baby.
Breech births don’t occur too often, but they are still relatively common. They occur as a result of different causes, but the good news is they can be diagnosed. The baby should start getting in its birth position several weeks before they are born, so doctors can check if it’s going to be a breech birth or not.
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