Obstetrics / Birth injury to the fetus
Complications arising in the delivery of twins
Emma was carrying monochrionic twins when at 33 weeks she developed abdominal pain and went into premature labour. A caesarean section was performed for foetal distress, but the first twin showed no sigh of life and could not be resuscitated. A post mortem showed that acute hypoxia due to late onset twin to twin transfusion was the cause of the baby's death. PMS was asked to investigate whether the baby's death was a result of negligence. PMS Expert Report concluded that there was clear evidence of foetal distress 70 minutes before the caesarean was performed. Had the caesarean been performed at this earlier time, the baby could most probably have been resuscitated. The case was settled and Emma was compensated.
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