Sandra went to hospital when she was 30 weeks pregnant. The baby was very large and doctors highlighted the potential complications of a normal vaginal birth, including rupture of her uterus (womb) and bladder. As a result Sandra made an informed decision and opted for an elective caesarian section.
She later attended the hospital with concerns her waters had broken. She was seen by a different doctor who advised that they were trying to reduce the rate of caesarian sections. Sandra was pressured into trying a vaginal delivery. He ruptured her membranes (so her waters broke) and she was given syntocinon to start labour. Both her condition and that of her baby deteriorated and the baby was born in a very poor condition. He was found to be acidotic (i.e. his blood was too acidic). Sandra’s bladder and uterus had ruptured, which required surgical repair.
What happened next?
Sandra was told that further pregnancies should be avoided due to the severe trauma to her uterus and she underwent sterilisation and her womb was removed (hysterectomy). She now suffers from problems with her bladder and bowels and requires regular laxatives. She has bad scarring to her stomach and required counselling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-natal depression.
She made a claim for damages for wrongly advising her to have a vaginal delivery despite the risks. We succeeded in getting damages of £150,000 for her.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals