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Hospital Admits That Failings Led to The Death of Baby Girl
A family has been awarded a substantial payout following negligent care by medical professionals resulted in the tragic death of their baby girl.
Two NHS Trusts have agreed to pay compensation for the failings on both of their parts that tragically led to the stillbirth of our clients’ daughter.
“Nina” and her husband “Sam” were thrilled to discover that they were expecting twins in late 2010. A scan in December 2010 showed that both babies were healthy but it was not possible to determine whether they shared the same amniotic sac (monoamniotic) or were separate (diamniotic).
It is vital with twin pregnancies that this diagnosis is made as monoamniotic twins are at a greater risk of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome and other conditions which can put the lives of one or both babies at risk. For this reason guidelines state that monoamniotic twins have to be closely monitored delivered on or before 34 weeks gestation to give them the greater chance of survival.
In this case my clients were referred on for a further scan and diagnosed as being diamniotic. Based on this diagnosis the pregnancy progressed as though the babies were in separate amniotic sacs.
At 35 weeks into her pregnancy my client noticed that the babies were not moving as often as they had been. She attended hospital and it was decided that she would be induced. She returned the following day to be monitored. Sadly a scan showed that there was only one fetal heartbeat and my clients were informed that one of their baby daughters had passed away.
My client underwent a caesarean section and gave birth to identical twin girls. It was noted at delivery that there was no dividing membrane between her daughters and that they had been monoamniotic all along. Tragically nothing could be done at that stage to save the life of one of the babies.
After instructing us to investigate, expert evidence was obtained and the defendants admitted that they had been negligent in failing to properly identify the membrane or lack of, that they should have referred my client for closer monitoring, and that if this had been done she would have delivered both babies at 32 weeks gestation. Crucially, if this had been done, both babies would have been born alive.
Negotiations took place and a settlement was achieved. Whilst no amount of money will ever come close to compensating the family for their loss, it is hoped that with it they can received the care and therapy they both need to enable them to deal with this tragedy and invest in the future of their surviving daughter.
JMW are now working closely with the Twin and Multiple Birth Association in the preparation of their report into the standards of care provided in multiple pregnancies.