A doctor caused an unborn baby to be accidentally decapitated inside her mother’s womb while performing a delivery, a medical tribunal has heard in Dundee, Scotland.

Dr. Vaishnavy Laxman, a consultant gynecologist who was working on an NHS maternity unit, is said to have ignored the woman giving birth’s requests to stop and failed to provide pain relief.

The obstetrician is accused of wrongly going ahead with a vaginal labor in spite of several complications that meant a Caesarean delivery would have been safer because the premature infant was in a breech position. The 30-year-old patient’s baby boy died during childbirth. Dr. Laxman was suspended by NHS Tayside in the wake of the incident in March 2014.

It was alleged that tragedy hit when the 41-year-old doctor called for the patient to push while herself applying traction to the baby’s legs. The movement caused the infant’s legs, arms and torso to become detached leaving the head still in his mother’s womb.

A medical practitioners tribunal in Manchester heard the doctor allegedly continued with a vaginal delivery despite the patient’s cervix being “no more than four centimeters dilated”. The hearing continues.

Source: Baby ‘accidentally decapitated inside mother’s womb’ during delivery | The Independent

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